Vince Cannistraro

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Vincent Cannistraro
Vincent Cannistraro is a consultant on intelligence and terrorism for ABC World News with Peter Jennings and other corporate clients. He is a recognized expert on political violence and national security issues and has been a consultant to the Vatican on security affairs. Mr. Cannistraro is a former Chief of Operations and Analysis at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Prior to this, he worked at the Department of Defense where he was Special Assistant for Intelligence in the office of the Secretary of Defense (January 1987-October 1988). From November 1984 to January 1987 he was Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council under President Reagan. Before 1984, he served as a clandestine CIA officer in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. In 1989, Mr. Cannistraro received the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. He was also awarded the CIA Medal for Distinguished Service. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Boston College. [1]

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  • Charlie Rose, 1st March 1994 (Last Accessed 13th February 2008)


  1. National Security Implications of Disclosing the Identity of an Intelligence Operative, Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing, October 24 2003 (Last Accessed 13th February 2008)