CIA director Leon Panetta told the New Yorker magazine recently that he believes Cheney was playing "gallows politics." Panetta said, "It's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that's dangerous politics."
Mitchell and Jessen were headquartered for several years in Spokane, Washington, near a U.S. military base that served as their respective offices while serving in the military. Their unassuming downtown office has recently been vacated, according to ProPublica. Calls to their listed office number are now disconnected. Neither Mitchell nor Jessen would speak to ABC News citing non-disclosure agreements with the CIA.