In a federal court proceeding in D.C. today, lawyers for Andrew Warren, the former CIA agent accused of drugging, raping and videotaping a Muslim woman while serving as station chief in Algeria, requested their client be given access to psychiatric and addiction services.
Attorneys William Martin and Mark Hunter said their client had been held in a medical unit since being transferred to Washington from Norfolk, Va., but that he was not receiving psychiatric services. Martin said that Warren had been examined by a private physician and was competent to stand trial, but he requested that Warren receive a social services assessment as he might be in need of treatment for severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction issues.
Warren, 42, faces one federal count of sexual abuse. He limped into court dressed in prison garb, his foot in a cast, escorted by a U.S. Marshal.
Warren was hit twice with a taser when he was arrested in April, according to two U.S. officials. At a hearing in a Virginia federal court on Apr. 27, Warren was confined to a wheelchair and bruising was visible on his face.
Warren was arrested Apr. 26 after a bench warrant was issued for missing a pre-trial hearing for his coming federal trial. Local police, U.S. Marshals and officers from the Diplomatic Security Service found Warren at a Norfolk, Virginia Ramada Limited hotel.
When Warren missed an April court date, authorities had reached out to friends and family members for help in finding him, and said they believed he was abusing crack cocaine and might be in danger. As first reported by the Washington Post, the Norfolk native had a gun in his waistband when officers attempted to arrest him, and officers used a taser to subdue him.
According to the two federal law enforcement officials, officers fired an electrical charge at Warren because they believed he was under the influence of drugs and was reaching for his "mid-torso," where the gun was located. He was tasered twice, said the officials. They said a crack pipe and a handgun were recovered from Warren's room.
Local ABC affiliate WVEC reported that neighbors of Warren noticed odd behavior in the weeks prior to the hotel room arrest. The acquaintances said that Warren displayed his genitals outside his pants.
Warren's fall from grace has been dramatic. According to two former CIA officials, Warren was a rising star at the CIA. He was a fluent Arabic speaker who had converted to Islam, making him an ideal officer in the Middle East for the intelligence agency.
Before being posted to Algeria, Warren had served in Egypt, Afghanistan, and a stint in that CIA domestic station in New York. It was in New York, a few years after 9/11, that supervisors spotted him as a potential star, ready to be deployed around the world as a spy. Within a very short time - four years - Warren had been posted as station chief in Algeria.