Federal investigators have launched a probe of the CIA's former station chief in Algeria, the State Department said after US media reported allegations that he drugged and raped two women.
A report by ABC News said the CIA officer was ordered back to the United States after the women came forward with the charges in September.
"The U.S. takes very seriously any accusations of misconduct involving any U.S. personnel abroad," State Department spokesman Robert Wood said in a statement.
"The individual in question has returned to Washington and the U.S. government is looking into the matter," he said.
"I can assure you that the agency would take seriously, and follow up on, any allegations of impropriety," CIA spokesman Mike Mansfield said.
ABC News reported the two women said the separate sexual assaults took place at the official station chief residence.
The network reported the discovery of more than a dozen videotapes showing the CIA officer engaged in sex acts with other women had led the Justice Department to widen the investigation to include Egypt, where the officer had been posted earlier in his career.
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