Andrew Warren

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Andrew Marvin Warren[1]
Chesapeake, Virginia[1]
Alma materNorfolk State University
OccupationCIA operative and author
Known forSexual assault

Andrew Marvin Warren (born 1967; Chesapeake, Virginia) is a former CIA operative, who served as CIA station chief in Algiers, Algeria, during 2007–2008.[2][3] In 2010, he pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault of two women and the following year he was sentenced to over 5 years in prison. He served his sentence in federal prison, and was released from prison in 2015. As a result of the criminal charges he was also fired from the CIA.[4]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Warren has martial arts training, extensive knowledge of the Middle East, and speaks six Arabic dialects[3] as well as Persian.[5]

Warren enrolled at Old Dominion University in 1986.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude at Norfolk State University, graduating in 1993 with a 3.9 GPA.[1][6] He studied history and political science at Indiana University in the summer of 1992, around which time he was spotted by a CIA on-campus agency recruiter. From 1994, he spent two summers continuing his Arabic studies at Yarmouk University in Jordan. In 1996, he was employed as a language analyst for the National Security Agency before being hired by the CIA.[1]

Warren's first undercover job was in Kuwait in 1999. He left the CIA in 2001, and took a job with Citigroup in New York City a month before the September 11 terrorist attack. He received a call from the CIA that day and was back working with the CIA the next day, where he worked in counter-terrorism in New York. In 2002, he was deployed to the Middle East, his mission was to collect intelligence. He returned to his New York counter-terrorism position in June 2003. In 2004, Warren was promoted to second in command of the CIA's Cairo bureau.[1] He was stationed in Algeria since 2007 and recalled by the CIA in October 2008. He was fired in 2009.[7]

Criminal case[edit]

In late 2008, two Algerian women came forward and accused Warren of drugging and raping them while at his home.[2][3][8] On February 17, 2008, Warren admitted that he had sexually assaulted one of the women on the U.S. Embassy property in Algiers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He was indicted on June 18, 2009, by a grand jury of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of sexual abuse and was arraigned on June 30, 2009.[9] He was investigated by the Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service and prosecuted by attorneys from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Domestic Security Section.[10] Warren was arrested April 26, 2010, in Norfolk, after he missed a pretrial appearance earlier in the month. He was in possession of a handgun and drug paraphernalia.[11]

On June 7, 2010, Warren pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and unlawful use of cocaine while possessing a firearm. Had he been convicted of the rape charge, for which he had originally been indicted, Warren could have faced up to life in prison.[12] On March 3, 2011, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle sentenced Warren to serve 65 months. The judge added almost two years to the sentence that prosecutors had originally requested, citing the rationale that it appeared that Warren believed he would get away with the offense because of diplomatic immunity as well as the victim's fear of reporting the crime.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hastings, Michael (28 March 2013), "The Spy Who Cracked Up in the Cold", Rolling Stone, pp. 58–65
  2. ^ a b ROSS, BRIAN (2009-01-28). "Exclusive: CIA Station Chief in Algeria Accused of Rapes". ABC News. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  3. ^ a b c Hosenball, Mark (2009-01-31). "The Spy and the Sex Scandal". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  4. ^ WARREN v. C.I.A.
  5. ^ FEBER, ERIC (2002-09-20). "Grist for novel about terrorism drawn from author's time". Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  6. ^ "The Spartan Bookcase -Alumni authors". Norfolk State University. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  7. ^ Ex-CIA Official Admits Rape at US Embassy in Algiers[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Miller, Greg (2009-01-29). "CIA chief in Algeria recalled amid investigation". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  9. ^ "CIA's Former Top Officer in Algeria Indicted on Sexual-Abuse Charge". The Washington Post. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  10. ^ U.S. National Charged with Sexual Abuse While Overseas
  11. ^ MATTHEW COLE , ANGELA HILL (27 April 2010). "Former CIA Spy Andrew Warren Arrested in Hotel With Drug Paraphernalia, Handgun". ABC News, The Blotter. ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Andrew Warren, Ex-CIA Official, Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse Case". Huff Post Politics. Huffington Post. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  13. ^ ANGELA HILL (8 March 2011). "Ex-CIA Agent Sentenced to Prison For Sex Assault on Drugged Muslim Woman". abc The Blotter. 2012 ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Former U.S. Official Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Woman on Embassy Property in Algeria" (Press release). Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs. U.S. Department of Justice. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2012.

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