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More than 1,000 CIA informants fired

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March 2, 1997
Web posted at: 2:23 p.m. EST (1923 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CIA has removed more than 1,000 secret informants from its payroll, according to a report Sunday in the Washington Post.

Most of the informants were removed because they were no longer providing useful information to the intelligence agency, unidentified U.S. officials told the Post.

About 100 of the informants were dismissed because they were implicated in major crimes, such as murder or kidnapping, or human rights abuses.


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