Yannuzzi, 46, a physicist and lawyer who specialized in weapons analysis, was found by a family member Tuesday inside his home in Oakton, Va., in suburban Washington, D.C.
The state medical examiner determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation, the newspaper said. Yannuzzi apparently left a suicide note in which he expressed love for his family but gave no explanation for taking his life, sources said.
CIA officials, however, offered a possible motivation to police, saying that Yannuzzi had been one of a number of employees questioned about a month ago by the CIA's inspector general in an internal investigation triggered by a manager who complained that her privacy rights had been violated, police said.
The manager filed a complaint last fall after fellow employees sent a series of anonymous letters to agency officials protesting her receipt of two cash bonuses and a promotion despite an incident in which she was found to have choked a subordinate during a workplace outburst in September 1998, according to a CIA official.
Accused of assault, the manager ultimately received a letter of admonishment in her personnel file and was denied promotional opportunities for one year, the official said.
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