The FBI is reviewing the thousands of people who provide intelligence to the agency to make sure they are being handled properly and are giving accurate, high-quality information, the Associated Press reports. The review began last summer after FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III learned about alleged double agent Katrina Leung, charged with giving the Chinese government classified information she supposedly took from her longtime lover, retired FBI agent James J. Smith, who was indicted yesterday.
The review involves checking sources’ information for consistency and contradictions by comparing it with other intelligence. Lie-detector tests are being used in select cases. the exact number of FBI intelligence “assets” is secret, but they probably number in the low thousands.
California Rep. Jane Harman, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has been briefed on the Leung-Smith case and said the FBI is “hugely embarrassed.”