CIA station chief in Algeria accused of raping Muslim women

January 29th, 2009 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 29 (ANI): The CIAs station chief in Algeria is under investigation over claims that he drugged and raped two Algerian women at his official residence.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the 41-year-old officer, named as Muslim convert Andrew Warren, had been sent home in October. He could face charges as early as next month

Two Algerian women came forward last September saying that Warner at his home in Algiers had sexually assaulted them.

Investigators from the Justice Department allegedly found more than a dozen secretly recorded videotapes of Warren performing sex acts with other women. An official said one woman appeared to be in a semi-conscious state.

Both women who came forward to complain and made sworn statements are Muslim, and the case could spark a strong reaction in the Arab world.

One of the women said she met Warner at the bar in the American Embassy before going to his residence, where she was drugged, The Telegraph reported.

Algiers is one of the most sensitive posts in the agency, as it works closely with local intelligence services against a branch of al-Qaeda that has been responsible for major bombings, including an attack in the capital last August that killed 48 people.

The CIA refused to confirm that the investigation was taking place, but a spokesman said: I can assure you the agency would take seriously, and follow up on, any allegations of impropriety.

ABCs sources said the investigation had expanded to Egypt where the officer, who has not been named, served previously.

This will be seen as the typical ugly American. My question is how the CIA would not have picked up on this in their own regular reviews of officers overseas, said Bob Baer, a former CIA officer. (ANI)

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