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Jay Jakub, the Republican staff director for the House Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, was hired onto Goss' CIA staff. Spencer Ackerman reports:

But some CIA officials are particularly concerned about Jay Jakub, a former GOP subcommittee staff director who's now Goss' nebulously titled senior advisor for operations and analysis. Jakub, a principal author of the June intelligence committee report, was a CIA analyst and case officer before serving as chief investigator on ultraconservative Rep. Dan Burton's inquiry into Democratic campaign finance during the 1996 election. "He's widely viewed as having very strong partisan views," says one of Jakub's former CIA colleagues. "Jay leaps too early. He acts on his views, and often doesn't seem like a measured decision maker."
The Barton investigation Ackerman highlights was run by David Bossie, of Citizens United fame, and Barbara Comstock. The Hill reported in 1998 that Jakub "a former CIA analyst considered one of the most talented investigators on the committee, announced that he would be leaving by the end of the month for other opportunities." [Jock Friendly, The Hill, 5/13/98]

National Journal published a bio sketch in 1998:
The House Select Intelligence Committee just enlisted some expertise from the field: Jay Jakub and John T. Stopher. Jakub, 34, spent eight years with the Central Intelligence Agency as an intelligence analyst overseeing security policy in Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and comes directly from former CIA director John M. Deutch's now-suspended Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. In between these two jobs, he helped investigate foreign money laundering for the House probe of campaign fund raising during the 1996 election. [Gorman & Zeller, National Journal, 9/19/98]
The Washington Post reported on opinion about Jakub within the intelligence community:
More generally, Goss's aides arrived at the CIA with harsh views of the clandestine service. Their views were laid out in a House intelligence committee report in June. "There is a dysfunctional denial of any need for corrective action," the report said. The clandestine service suffers from "misallocation and redirection of resources, poor prioritization of objectives, micromanagement of field operations and a continued political aversion to operational risk."

The report was drafted primarily by Jay Jakub, whom Goss appointed to the newly created position of special assistant for operations and analysis.

The House report's critique brought on a tough response from then-CIA Director George J. Tenet and led to a near-breakdown in relations between the agency and the panel staff. It was repeatedly noted by present and past clandestine officers that Jakub had a limited career at the agency, first as an analyst and later as a case officer.

"He never distinguished himself before he left," a former boss said.
He has published publicly on Anglo-American intelligence sharing:
1995:04219 The Anglo-American 'special relationship' in the post Cold-War world: much more than meets the eye. Jay Jakub, Defense Analysis

Reports the views expressed at a conference on this topic, held during 10-11 April 1995 at the Centre for Security Studies, University of Hull, and attended by 75 prominent members of the British and American military, academic, political and government establishments. These demonstrated that the relationship is "much more than the media would have us believe... the relationship flourishes in the ease with which Americans and British at the working and mid-management levels share views, information -- often highly sensitive -- and ideas".
Post-graduate student, St John's College, Oxford.
Spies and Saboteurs: Spies and Saboteurs is the story of the origins of the Anglo-American "Special Relationship" in human intelligence collection and special operations, which took place amid the global conflagration that was the Second World War. It is the story of William "Wild Bill" Donovan--the father of America's Central Intelligence Agency--and of his relationship with legendary British spymasters. Relying almost exclusively upon recently declassified OSS and British intelligence documents and survivor interviews, it examines the transatlantic association in espionage and sabotage, guerilla warfare and disinformation. It explores the evolution of covert relations from a "tutorial" arrangement with the US as pupil, to an unequal then full partnership, and ultimately to competition and rivalry in the prosecution of the clandestine war.
In November of 2001, he produced this flowchart [PDF] "to show just how disruptive it would be to create a cabinet-level department to oversee the nation's security." [NYT, 11/27/2001, citing the AP]


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