US government sources said former Vice President Dick Cheney directed the CIA not to inform Congress about a nascent counter-terrorism program eight years ago that CIA Director Leon Panetta terminated in June, AP reported on Saturday.
Government officials with direct knowledge of Panetta's June 24 briefing to congressional intelligence committees confirmed that Cheney had told the CIA not to discuss the program with Congress yet.
Subsequent CIA directors did not inform Congress because the intelligence-gathering effort had not developed to the point that they believed merited a congressional briefing.
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