Speaker - John Rizzo

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John Rizzo was an attorney at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 through 2009. He served as the CIA’s chief legal officer for seven years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2006, President George Bush nominated Rizzo for the position of CIA General Counsel, the first career CIA lawyer ever nominated to the post. Rizzo was a key player in the creation and implementation of all the Agency’s covert counter-terrorist actions undertaken in response to the 9/11 attacks. During the earlier years of his career, Rizzo served as CIA’s focal point with the Congressional investigations investigating the Iran-Contra affair in 1987. He also created the Agency’s policies governing its confidential relationships with the US media, academic and business communities. On retiring in 2009, he received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the highest award given to a career CIA officer. Currently, Rizzo is Senior Counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson and a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution. Rizzo’s memoir will be published in January 2014.

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PANEL: Sources: The Double-Edged Sword

04.13.13 | 01:18:13 min | 0 comments