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CIA Says Lawyer Failed Polygraph Tests About Israel
Was Allegedly Asked If He Gave Away U.S. Secrets
Feb. 7, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lawyer who claims he was fired by the CIA because of
anti-Semitism says he may sue the spy agency. In a television interview, Adam
Ciralsky said it was "a matter of principle."

However, a CIA memo says Ciralsky failed a pair of lie-detector tests about
whether he gave or sold U.S. secrets "to an Israeli national."

Clearance revoked

Ciralsky, 28, of Milwaukee, joined the spy agency in December 1996 as a
contract employee in the Office of General Counsel. By the following October,
he'd been placed on unpaid leave. His top-secret security clearance was
revoked in July 1998, and he was fired in late 1999.

Ciralsky aired his complaints against the agency Sunday night on CBS' 60

"The idea that I'm guilty of a lack of candor is ludicrous," he said. But a
network interviewer said Ciralsky acknowledged off camera that in a series of
polygraphs and interrogations he often challenged the questions and quibbled
about legalities.

Possible ties to Israeli intelligence

The agency said it acted against Ciralsky because he did not fully reveal a
relationship with two people holding dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, both
employees of Israeli defense firms with possible ties to Israeli

Bill Harlow, CIA public affairs director, disputed Ciralsky's allegations of
anti-Semitism. He said the allegations had been reviewed by the agency's
inspector general, by several congressional panels and by a citizens' review

The memorandum about Ciralsky's case, first reported Sunday by The Washington
Post, was written by Alan Wade, the CIA's associate deputy director for

Compromising secret info?

The memo said Ciralsky failed two polygraph examinations. The questions he
was asked, Wade wrote, were about "deliberately compromising U.S. government
classified information to an Israeli national, accepting compensation from an
Israeli national in exchange for U.S. government classified information, and
deliberately concealing from the U.S. government a relationship with an
Israeli national."

The CIA's Harlow refused to discuss the memo Sunday. He said the agency had
been willing to publicly discuss details of Ciralsky's case, but that his
lawyers had blocked them from doing so by invoking the Privacy Act.

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