WASHINGTON - A "senior covert paramilitary officer" sued the CIA, claiming the agency has been harassing him with illegal electronic surveillance, prolonging its investigation into false accusations that he committed war crimes.
John Doe sued the Central Intelligence Agency in Federal Court.
He describes himself in the brief lawsuit as
Doe sued the CIA under the Administrative Procedures Act, claiming that the Office of Inspector General is drawing out its investigation in an effort to harass him.
Doe claims he is a former member of the U.S. Armed Forces and
Doe's attorney Mark Zaid told Courthouse News that his client has been trained in countersurveillance, so he could detect the unlawful actions taken against him.
The complaint states: "Following a specific overseas assignment/activity, John Doe was wrongfully accused of participating, committing and/or possessing information about war crimes. Other CIA employees were also accused.
"An investigation was opened by the CIA's OIG in or around 2010 - 2011. Upon learning of the investigation, John Doe requested that his attorney be granted the proper security clearance to that could discuss the allegations and receive appropriate legal device.
"A criminal inquiry was also opened and investigated by the Department of Justice. Without ever interviewing John Doe the matter was closed and prosecution was declined in or around 2011 - 2012. In connection with internal investigations of John Doe, CIA employees, either with or without authority, initiated physical and electronic surveillance of him, some of which were unlawful. The surveillance included harassment tactics undertaken by local law enforcement who were cooperating with the CIA. Other tactics involved corruption of electronic devices such as computers and cell phones. The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation into CIA's activities involving John Doe."
Doe claims that he offered to be interviewed by the CIA's Office of Inspector General, but it never did interview him.
He asks the court to order the CIA to complete and close its investigation in compliance with federal law. He also wants reasonable costs and attorney's fees.