James Woolsey

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James Woolsey (2015)

Robert James "Jim" Woolsey (born September 21, 1941 in Tulsa , Oklahoma ) is a former American attorney and government official . He was head of the CIA from 1993 to January 1995 . Woolsey is considered a hardliner in US foreign and security policy .


Woolsey attended Tulsa Central High School until 1959. He studied at Stanford University ( Bachelor 1963), at the University of Oxford ( MA 1965) and at the Law School of Yale University ( LL.B. 1968). From 1968 to 1970 Woolsey served in the US Army and reached the rank of captain . During the same period he was employed as an analyst at the US Department of Defense . He also took part in the SALT I negotiations in Helsinki and Vienna between 1969 and 1970 as an advisory member of the US delegation . Woolsey served from 1970 to 1973 as a legal advisor to the Armed Services Committee in the US Senate . He then worked as a lawyer at Shea Gardner until 1977; from 1979 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1993 he then acted as a partner there. Under President Jimmy Carter he belonged between 1977 and 1979 as deputy Navy Secretary (Under Secretary of the Navy) to the federal government.

Woolsey participated in the START negotiations with the Soviet Union between 1983 and 1986 as an American delegate. In addition, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to several defense policy commissions between 1983 and 1989. Finally, from 1989 to 1991, he helped sign the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe . After another foray into the legal profession, Woolsey was then appointed by the newly elected President Bill Clinton as the new CIA chief; on February 5, 1993 he replaced Robert Gates in this position, which he held until January 10, 1995.

In 2000, Woolsey confirmed in the Wall Street Journal that Echelon , the global NSA-dominated wiretapping system , had been used for industrial espionage against its continental European allies. After the Echelon scandal occupied a special committee of the European Parliament , however, Woolsey tried to explain that the US was merely looking for attempts at bribery by European companies abroad, because "most European technology is simply not worth theft".

Woolsey has called for treason and execution of whistleblower Edward Snowden , who sparked the global surveillance and espionage affair with his 2013 revelations .

Woolsey sits on the board of directors of Genie Energy - in 2013 the US-Israeli company received a license to prospect for oil in the Syrian Golan Heights . On October 7, 2015, the company announced that it had found a large oil deposit through test drilling. Investors include Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild , hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt, the former US Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson , media mogul Rupert Murdoch , former Defense Minister and Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney and former US Treasury Secretary and chief economist of the World Bank Lawrence Summers . Former right-wing Israeli minister Effi Eitam heads the company Genie .


His wife, Suzanne Haley Woolsey, is the COO of the National Academy of Sciences and was the chief communications officer of Joseph Henry Press. He has three sons with her: Robert, Daniel and Benjamin.

Memberships in organizations and institutions

Woolsey was a member of the board of directors of the defense company Martin Marietta (part of Lockheed Martin after the merger ) and is chairman of the Executive Committee of the Smithsonian Institution . He serves as a director at the Atlantic Council .

In addition, Woolsey belongs or was a member of the following organizations and institutions:


“People should understand that we are in World War Four, after two hot wars and one cold war in the last hundred years. It is a war meant to bring decent governments in the Middle East. From all of North Africa to Iran. There and in 22 Arab states there is not a single democratic government. "

- November 16, 2002

"Most European technology is just not worth theft"

“Do you remember the guy who crashed his plane on the White House lawn in 1994? That was when I was trying to get an appointment with President Clinton. "


  • R. James Woolsey (Ed.): National Interest Intl Law / Order. Transaction Publishers, 2003. ISBN 0-76580-187-6
  • Rachel Ehrenfeld, R. James Woolsey (Foreword): Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed - And How to Stop It. Bonus Books, 2003. ISBN 1-56625-196-6 .

Individual evidence

  1. James Woolsey: Yes, dear friends, we have listened to you , Die Zeit , 14/2000; The origins of the ECHELON system orf.at, June 28, 2010 (accessed July 6, 2010)
  2. Lucas Tomlinson: Ex-CIA director: Snowden should be 'hanged' if convicted for treason. December 17, 2013, accessed June 18, 2018 .
  3. Black gold under the Golan . In: The Economist , November 7, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  4. Business and Financial Leaders Lord Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch Invest in Genie Oil & Gas , Business Wire . November 15, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Strategic Advisory Board. Accessed June 18, 2018 .
  6. AFP: Middle East: Israel approves oil drilling in the Golan. In: Zeit Online. February 21, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2017 .
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20071009234735/http://www.committeeonthepresentdanger.org/AboutUs/tabid/363/Default.aspx
  8. ^ World War IV. A speech by the Honorable James R. Woolsey former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. November 16, 2016, accessed June 18, 2018 (English, November 16, 2002 speech, with reference to Eliot Cohen ).
  9. Wayback Machine. April 29, 2016, accessed June 7, 2019 .

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