AP sources: Official resigns over alleged spy ring

September 27, 2011 - 3:05 AM
Afghanistan Intelligence

FILE - In this Oct, 28, 2010, file photo, Michael Furlong poses for a portrait in Washington. Furlong, who was a Air Force civilian employee, resigned in July 2011 after Air Force investigators told Furlong and his boss they'd face official censure for how they ran an information gathering network in Afghanistan, according to Furlong's resignation letter obtained by the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of running an illegal contractor spy ring in Afghanistan has resigned from the U.S. Air Force, still maintaining his innocence.

Air Force civilian employee Michael Furlong and his boss resigned in July after the Air Force investigators told the men they'd face official censure for how they ran an information gathering network in Afghanistan. That's according to Furlong's resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press.

Defense officials, speaking anonymously to discuss intelligence, say the controversy — and two investigations — continue. It's a case that has tested what contractors are allowed to do in war zones.

The CIA station chief alleged in 2009 that Furlong's private military contractors were running an illegal spying network. Furlong maintains what he was doing was legal, and saved American lives.