Pulling back the curtain of secrets: The 'Case File' on NSA's Fran Fleisch
March 25th, 2012
02:29 PM ET

Pulling back the curtain of secrets: The 'Case File' on NSA's Fran Fleisch

by Suzanne Kelly

Editor's note: In the Security Clearance "Case File" series, CNN national security producers profile the key members of the intelligence community. As part of the series, Security Clearance is focusing on the roles women play in the U.S. intelligence community.

She is the highest-ranking woman entrusted with the National Security Agency's most-guarded secrets. Inside Fran Fleisch's mind are the details of the country's most delicate and sophisticated intelligence-gathering operations, intertwined with the knowledge and experience needed to run the world's most secretive spy agency.

As executive director of the NSA, Fleisch is No. 3 in the management chain, reporting to Deputy Director John "Chris" Inglis. He recently assumed more responsibilities when Director Keith Alexander took on the extra job of heading U.S. Cyber Command, which is dedicated to the growing national security threat posed by those using keyboards and servers as their weapons of choice. FULL POST

Official: Investigators believe U.S. soldier committed Afghan killings in two trips
March 25th, 2012
12:03 PM ET

Official: Investigators believe U.S. soldier committed Afghan killings in two trips

From CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

Military investigators believe the American soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians earlier this month committed the shootings during two separate trips off his base, a U.S. official confirms to CNN.

“We believe the shooter went to one village, came back and went to a second village,” this official said.

The official, who whould not speak on the record because the investigation is ongoing, said this conclusion was reached based on a number of factors, citing the interviews and the overall investigation.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been charged with 17 counts of murder and could face the death penalty if convicted of any of them.