Burn notice (document)
A "burn notice" is an official statement issued by an intelligence agency to other agencies. It states that an asset or intelligence source is unreliable for one or several reasons, often fabrication, and must be officially disavowed. This is essentially a directive for the recipient to disregard or "burn" all information derived from that individual or group.
- Ahmed Chalabi
- Curveball—"The CIA has since issued an official 'burn notice' formally retracting more than 100 intelligence reports based on his information."
- Manucher Ghorbanifar—1984 and 1986. "The CIA considered Ghorbanifar a dangerous con man and had issued a 'burn notice' recommending that no U.S. agency have any dealings with him."
- Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, who was recruited by the CIA and immediately revealed himself to be a double agent. "The CIA issued a burn notice to U.S. and allied intelligence services that Mohamed was not to be trusted."
In popular culture
- The USA Network television series Burn Notice centers on Michael Westen (portrayed by Jeffrey Donovan), a former covert operative who has been burned and is trying to find those responsible.
- Burn Notice Definition Archived 2008-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms Archived 2016-10-10 at the Wayback Machine, accessed via dtic.mil April 9, 2008
- West, Nigel (2006). Historical dictionary of international intelligence. 4. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-8108-5578-6.
- Mahle, Melissa Boyle (2004). Denial and deception: an insider's view of the CIA from Iran-contra to 9/11. Nation Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-56025-649-6.
- "Curveball: 'I Am Not To Blame' for U.S. War in Iraq". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
The CIA has since issued an official 'burn notice' formally retracting more than 100 intelligence reports based on his information.
- Hosenball, Mark (January 17, 2006). "Who's Fault is CurveBall Mess?". Newsweek.
U.S. intel quickly figured the source was a 'fabricator,' but a so-called burn notice about the source's unreliability was somehow mislaid.
- "They're Back". American Prospect. September 26, 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
Given this associate's acknowledged recent history as a conduit for information from Ghorbanifar, who is the subject of two CIA 'burn notices' warning its employees not to deal with him, I wondered if it was a non-governmental person or congressional staffer calling him now.
- Bamford, James (July 24, 2006). "Iran: The Next War". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
The CIA considered Ghorbanifar a dangerous con man and had issued a 'burn notice' recommending that no U.S. agency have any dealings with him.
- "Niger Yellowcake and The Man Who Forged Too Much". uruknet.info. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
The CIA issued a 'burn notice' (or 'Fabricator Notice') on Ghorbanifar in ...
- John M. Berger, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, pp 54, ISBN 1597976938,  , Potomac Books Inc, May 15, 2011
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