Expand your thinking.
CIA: Article from NEWSWEEK: Reporters and the CIA
They keep in touch - but at arm's length
22 Sept. 1986
In a few cases, he said, American reporters were told by the CIA what to report..
The CIA simply provided assistance or requested assistance in suppressing a media item such as a news story
WaPo and NYT highlighted. They use foreign correspondents to get around the domestic spying loophole.
Some may be reporters and not employed directly by the CIA but they are guided or driven by them on what to report.