Former DEA Agent Reaches Tentative Settlement in CIA Case

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 1, 2009; 3:28 PM

A tentative settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought 15 years ago by a former DEA agent who accused a CIA operative of illegally bugging his home.

In a court filing late Wednesday, lawyers for the government and the Drug Enforcement Administration agent said they "had reached an agreement in principle to settle the underlying litigation." A final agreement could be ironed out by late October, they said.

The lawsuit, brought by Richard A. Horn, accused the CIA of illegally bugging his residence in Rangoon, Burma, when he was stationed there. He alleged that portions of a private phone call were used as an excuse to oust him from that job. Horn, 63, filed suit in 1994. His case has meandered through the court system since.

In July, the case drew some publicity after a federal judge accused the CIA of committing fraud in the case.

The proposed settlement comes after the government appealed a ruling in August by the judge, Royce C. Lamberth, that granted attorneys for Horn and government officials access to classified information.

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