BIDEN PEOPLE/CIA/JOE BIDEN/NOMINATIONS: “I’m asking Ambassador Bill Burns to lead the Central Intelligence Agency because he’s dealt with many of the thorniest global challenges we face. As a legendary career diplomat, he approached complex issues with honesty, integrity and skill. That’s exactly how he’ll lead the CIA. https://twitter.com/i/status/1348636095458717696″ ––Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 11, 2021 3:21 […]

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CIA/CRIME/DNI/DOJ/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/MEDIA/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “.@TheJusticeDept RT @SaraCarterDC Texts and the four years of actual investigative journalism some of us did – it’s a shame that this has happened. These agencies under Obama #FBI #DOJ #CIA #DNI #StateDepartment were weaponized by one political party against another – criminal behavior & no one paid the price“ ––Donald […]

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2016 ELECTION/2020 ELECTION/CIA/DNI/HILLARY CLINTON/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/SCANDAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VOTING: “They went for a Coup. Almost destroyed our Country. You had the right President at the right moment. Current Voters, REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU VOTE! RT @TrumpWarRoom This is a huge story. They knew Crooked Hillary cooked up the Russia hoax the whole time! DNI declassifies [Former CIA […]

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2016 ELECTION/CIA/DNI/HILLARY CLINTON/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/SCANDAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Where are all of the arrests? Can you imagine if the roles were reversed? Long term sentences would have started two years ago. Shameful! RT @TrumpWarRoom This is a huge story. They knew Crooked Hillary cooked up the Russia hoax the whole time! DNI declassifies [Former CIA Director John] […]

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CIA/FBI/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Can’t believe these con men are not yet being PROSECUTED. Pathetic! RT @paulsperry_ DEVELOPING: Threats from the FBI and CIA of ‘graymail’ or the threat of revealing state secrets if cases go to trial, has also been hamstringing the [federal prosecutor John] Durham investigation [of the FBI’s Russia investigation], sources say“ […]

Read More… from 10/6/2020


CIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump bragged that he had saved a Saudi crown prince who the CIA concluded ordered the murder of a U.S. journalist and prominent Saudi critic. He derided U.S. generals as a ‘bunch of pussies,’ while his son-in-law and senior adviser dismissed some early White House officials as ‘overconfident idiots.’ And […]

Read More… from 9/10/2020


CIA/GOVERNMENT/INTELLIGENCE/JAMES CLAPPER/JAMES COMEY/JOHN BOLTON/POLICE/RUSSIA/VLADIMIR PUTIN: “John Bolton, one of the dumbest people I’ve met in government and sadly, I’ve met plenty, states often that I respected, and even trusted, Vladimir Putin of Russia more than those in our Intelligence Agencies. While of course that is not true, if the first people you met from…. ..so […]

Read More… from 8/11/2020


ATTORNEY GENERAL/CIA/INTELLIGENCE/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s obsession with former CIA director John Brennan could be on a collision course with an ongoing Justice Department probe as Attorney General Bill Barr takes a more hands-on approach to examining the intelligence community’s actions in 2016. Barr has been meeting with the U.S.’ closest foreign […]

Read More… from 10/22/2019


CIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE/WHISTLEBLOWER: “The White House learned that a C.I.A. officer had lodged allegations against President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine even as the officer’s whistle-blower complaint was moving through a process meant to protect him against reprisals, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday [9-26-19]. The officer first shared information about potential abuse of […]

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AFGHANISTAN/CIA/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Senior White House advisers have proposed secretly expanding the C.I.A.’s presence in Afghanistan if international forces begin to withdraw from the country, according to American officials. But C.I.A. and military officials have expressed reservations, prompting a debate in the administration that could complicate negotiations with the Taliban to end the war. […]

Read More… from 9/2/2019


CIA/JAMES COMEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Bryan Dean Wright, former CIA Officer(Dem): “In 2016 we had a Coup. We have to take Comey and others to task. Makes no sense not to prosecute him. Comey got a book deal. I fear for my Country. He tried to kneecap our duly elected president, and there are no consequences.” […]

Read More… from 8/30/2019


CIA/MEDIA/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Kim Dong-chul, an American businessman in Rason, a North Korean special economic zone near the border with Russia, was leaving a local government office on Oct. 2, 2015, when he was stopped by a 34-year-old army veteran he had hired as a secret informant…Mr. Kim knew he had just been […]

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CIA/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total […]

Read More… from 7/22/2019


ATTORNEY GENERAL/CIA/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Justice Department will request interviews with senior Central Intelligence Agency officers as part of Attorney General William Barr’s review of the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation and surveillance surrounding then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, The New York Times reported Wednesday [6-12-19]. The interview plans indicate the department […]

Read More… from 6/12/2019


2016 ELECTION/CIA/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation, according to people briefed on the matter, indicating they are focused partly on the intelligence agencies’ most explosive conclusion about the 2016 election: that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia intervened to benefit Donald […]

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CIA/OBAMA/SPYGATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “‘Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson accuses United Kingdom Intelligence of helping Obama Administration Spy on the 2016 Trump Presidential Campaign.’ @OANN WOW! It is now just a question of time before the truth comes out, and when it does, it will be a beauty!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 24, 2019 6:04 am […]

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CIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Gina Haspel was trying to brief President Trump early in her tenure as the C.I.A. director, but he appeared distracted. Houseflies buzzing around the Oval Office were drawing his attention, and ire. On returning to her office, Ms. Haspel found a solution, according to two officials familiar with the episode, and […]

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CIA/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday [12-11-18] that he stood by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas from U.S. senators for Trump to condemn the kingdom’s de facto ruler. Trump refused to comment on whether Crown Prince […]

Read More… from 12/11/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday [12-4-18], having just received a classified briefing from the director of the CIA in the basement of the Capitol, two Republican senators stepped to a crowd of cameras and reporters. With a few pointed words, the pair blew up the Trump administration’s efforts to minimize […]

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CABINET/CIA/JAMES MATTIS/MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Two senior U.S. Cabinet members urged senators on Wednesday [11-28-18] not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but lawmakers from both parties said they could not turn a blind eye to reports that the country’s de facto ruler was involved in last […]

Read More… from 11/28/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a stunning statement, brutally honest even by Trumpian standards, the President made his views of Saudi Arabia — past, present and future — crystal clear Tuesday [11-20-18]. Undermining his own CIA’s intelligence assessment and hyperventilating about the virtues of the Saudis (a ‘truly spectacular ally,’ he called them last weekend), […]

Read More… from 11/21/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “While some members of the US intelligence community have acknowledged that they are frustrated by President Donald Trump’s public rejection of the CIA’s assessment regarding the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, current and former officials accept that it is well within the President’s rights to be skeptical about information […]

Read More… from 11/21/2018


CIA/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said he does not want to listen to an audio recording of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite facing mounting pressure to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing. Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and Turkey has given the […]

Read More… from 11/18/2018


CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “CIA director Gina Haspel is set to brief President Donald Trump on the investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday, as the President increasingly expresses frustration with the Saudi response and the country’s crown prince vows ‘justice’ for the journalist’s killers. Haspel traveled to Turkey on Monday […]

Read More… from 10/24/2018


CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump offered his most stinging indictment yet of a Saudi effort to silence a dissident journalist, calling the series of events that led to Jamal Khashoggi’s death ‘the worst cover up ever’…Later Tuesday [10-23-18], Trump went further, calling the episode a ‘total fiasco.’ The rebuke of Saudi Arabia’s […]

Read More… from 10/23/2018


CIA/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The C.I.A. director said on Monday [9-24-18] that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, will not give up his nuclear weapons easily, seeing them as crucial leverage to preserve his government. In rare public remarks, Gina Haspel, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said that North Korea has spent decades […]

Read More… from 9/24/2018


2016 ELECTION/CIA/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In 2016, American intelligence agencies delivered urgent and explicit warnings about Russia’s intentions to try to tip the American presidential election — and a detailed assessment of the operation afterward — thanks in large part to informants close to President Vladimir V. Putin and in the Kremlin who provided crucial […]

Read More… from 8/24/2018


CIA/LAWSUIT/NATIONAL SECURITY/ROBERT MUELLER/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, both taunted John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, on Monday [8-20-18], apparently hoping that they could goad Mr. Brennan into filing a lawsuit against the president for revoking his security clearance. Mr. Giuliani tweeted that if Mr. Brennan failed […]

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CIA/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, brings a lawsuit. It will then be very easy to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt. He […]

Read More… from 8/20/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “More than 175 former U.S. State Department and Pentagon officials added their names to a statement signed by former national security officials criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan. New signatories to the statement, initially issued last week by 15 former directors […]

Read More… from 8/20/2018


CIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director? He will go down as easily the WORST in history & since getting out, he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!” –Donald Trump, […]

Read More… from 8/18/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sixty former CIA officials warned President Donald Trump in a statement on Friday [8-17-18] that ‘the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.’ The letter, which comes after Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John […]

Read More… from 8/17/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [8-17-18] said he ‘never respected’ former CIA Director John Brennan and warned that he may strip security clearances from other current and former officials ‘very quickly.’ While speaking with reporters on the South Lawn Friday, Trump doubled down on his action to remove Brennan’s clearance, which […]

Read More… from 8/17/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday [8-17-18] after stripping the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, but Trump defended his move and said he planned another one soon. The bipartisan group, which included Robert Gates, George Tenet, David Petraeus, James Clapper and […]

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CIA/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment……” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 16, 2018 8:54 pm […]

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CIA/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “.@TuckerCarlson speaking of John Brennan: “How did somebody so obviously limited intellectually get to be CIA Director in the first place?’ Now that is a really good question! Then followed by ‘Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is a FAKE War Hero…’ So true, a total Fake!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 16, 2018 7:45 […]

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CIA/NATIONAL SECURITY/OBAMA ADMIN/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, struck back at President Trump on Thursday [8-16-18] for revoking his security clearance, calling the president’s claims of ‘no collusion’ with Russia to influence the 2016 election ‘hogwash’ and arguing that the commander in chief was trying to silence […]

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CIA/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [8-15-18] revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who has become a harsh critic of the president, and appeared to be targeting others who have disagreed with the administration…In addition, Sanders said, the administration is evaluating clearances for former FBI Director James Comey, […]

Read More… from 8/15/2018


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump announced Wednesday [8-15-18] he has revoked former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance, marking an unprecedented use of a president’s authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics…Brennan is the first former national security official to see his security clearance revoked since […]

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CIA/NATIONAL SECURITY/OBAMA ADMIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump moved to penalize a sharp critic on Wednesday [8-15-18], revoking the security clearance of Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan for making what he called ‘a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations’ about his administration. The Republican president, in a statement read to reporters by White House […]

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CIA/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/OBAMA ADMIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a remarkable attack on a political opponent, President Trump on Wednesday [8-15-18] revoked the security clearance of John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, citing what he called Mr. Brennan’s ‘erratic’ behavior. The White House had threatened last month to strip Mr. Brennan and other Obama […]

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CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Africa as the spy agency’s new deputy director, the White House said on Wednesday [8-1-18]. Trump, who has repeatedly questioned a U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia conducted an influence operation to swing the 2016 election in […]

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CIA/FBI/PAUL RYAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday [7-24-18] attempted to downplay President Donald Trump’s threat to revoke security clearances of former national security officials who have criticized him, brushing it off as just ‘trolling’…Ryan says the issue is something in the purview of the executive branch, not Congress. On Monday [7-23-18], White […]

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CIA/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “John O. Brennan spent a career in the Central Intelligence Agency defending the United States against its enemies. For decades, that meant terrorists, rogue regimes or the Russians. For him now, it means the president of the United States. When Mr. Brennan accused President Trump of treason following Monday’s [7-17-18] meeting with […]

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CIA/DEFENSE/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kicked off talks in North Korea with one of leader Kim Jong Un’s top lieutenants, Gen. Kim Yong Chol, soon after arriving in Pyongyang. During his trip, Mr. Pompeo aims to fill out the details of a North Korean pledge to work toward denuclearization, including […]

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CIA/MUSLIMS/NATIONAL SECURITY/RACISM/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Jewish and Muslim groups are objecting to the appointment of a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst to a top White House post because of his controversial views of Islam. The Anti-Defamation League, Council on American-Islamic Relations and other groups said Fred Fleitz shouldn’t serve as chief of staff to national security adviser […]

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CIA/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday 5[5-23-18] that he ‘does not believe there is a deep state’ at the State Department or the CIA — contradicting President Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that there are forces within the government conspiring against him. Just hours after Trump tweeted about the existence of […]

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2016 ELECTION/CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump hailed Gina Haspel on Monday [5-21-18] as he swore her in to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, honoring the ‘most elite intelligence professionals on the planet’ even as he accuses the C.I.A. of having orchestrated a conspiracy against him during the 2016 presidential campaign…Mr. Trump’s brief remarks were strikingly different […]

Read More… from 5/21/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP AS PEOPLE: “Gina Haspel was sworn in Monday [5-21-18] as the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency and said she wanted to improve the agency’s foreign language proficiency and station more officers overseas. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ms. Haspel’s predecessor, attended […]

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CIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…they then used to start an investigation about Trump. It is that simple. This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, he’s worried about staying out of Jail.’ Dan Bongino” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 21, […]

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CIA/FBI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….top of the FBI. Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump. We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossier…he knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which….” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 21, […]

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CIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American’s faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the….” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 21, 2018 6:53 […]

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CIA/FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “An unsupported theory circulating on Capitol Hill and conservative media outlets about an ‘informant’ spying on the Trump campaign reached new heights Friday [5-18-18] morning, as President Donald Trump tweeted about the ‘all time greatest political scandal.’ But US officials tell CNN that the confidential intelligence source was not planted inside […]

Read More… from 5/18/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The U.S. Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday [5-17-18] to be director of the CIA, ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency’s past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques. Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at […]

Read More… from 5/17/2018


2016 ELECTION/CIA/RAND PAUL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Rand Paul has one last question for CIA director nominee Gina Haspel: Was she at all involved with any surveillance of President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign? The Kentucky senator sent Haspel a letter on Tuesday [5-15-18] laying out his suspicions. The missive amounts to a last-minute effort […]

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CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Wednesday [5-16-18] to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, and she is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week. The panel voted 10-5 behind closed doors to approve the nomination, which was expected after two […]

Read More… from 5/16/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, looking to shore up support before a confirmation vote this week, asserted that her agency shouldn’t have undertaken a program of detention and interrogation that many critics say amounted to torture. Gina Haspel wrote in a letter released Tuesday [5-15-18] that the post-9/11 program aimed […]

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CIA/GOP/JOHN MCCAIN/NORTH KOREA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Last fall, when President Donald Trump headed to Capitol Hill for the Senate Republican lunch, he was feuding with the powerful chair of the foreign relations panel and tweeted that the man couldn’t get elected dog catcher. On Tuesday [5-15-18], he dropped in on the weekly GOP lunch entangled in […]

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CIA/NOMINATIONS/TORTURE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, said the agency should not have undertaken a past harsh interrogation program, while asserting that the program yielded ‘valuable intelligence.’ The Senate Intelligence Committee is due to vote on Wednesday [5-116-18] on whether to approve Haspel. Despite criticism of her nomination because of […]

Read More… from 5/15/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will vote on Wednesday [5-16-18] morning on President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the new director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, a committee aide said on Monday [5-14-18]. The vote will take place behind closed doors, as is customary for the intelligence panel. Haspel was grilled by lawmakers […]

Read More… from 5/14/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s pick to be America’s top spy said she wouldn’t allow the Central Intelligence Agency to undertake ‘immoral’ actions even if ordered to do so by the president, and pledged not to restart the agency’s controversial interrogation program. Gina Haspel, addressing the Senate Intelligence Committee that is first considering […]

Read More… from 5/9/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The fate of President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee hinges on how well she fields tough questions Wednesday [5-9-18] from senators who want details of her time running a covert detention site where terror suspects were brutally interrogated after 9/11 and an explanation for why she wanted videos of the sessions destroyed. Gina Haspel, […]

Read More… from 5/8/2018


CIA/DEMS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Sen. Jon Tester said Tuesday [5-8-18] he is not voting for Gina Haspel’s nomination to be the next CIA director, the first Democrat from a red state to openly oppose her…The White House has rallied behind Haspel for the position, even though questions over her past in the CIA are likely to come […]

Read More… from 5/8/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Gina Haspel, my highly respected nominee to lead the CIA, is being praised for the fact that she has been, and alway will be, TOUGH ON TERROR! This is a woman who has been a leader wherever she has gone. The CIA wants her to lead them into America’s bright and […]

Read More… from 5/8/2018


CIA/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP PEOPLE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When President Trump picked Gina Haspel to run the Central Intelligence Agency, he opted for a seasoned veteran of the nation’s spy apparatus, a career professional removed from the partisan skirmishes of recent years who had the respect of many fellow intelligence officers. But Ms. Haspel’s greatest strength as a […]

Read More… from 5/7/2018


CIA/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump attempted to bolster support Monday [5-7-18] for his embattled nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, ahead of her confirmation hearing later this week. ‘My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists. Think of that, […]

Read More… from 5/7/2018


CIA/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

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CIA/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump hailed newly minted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a ‘true American hero’ while alluding to a boost of energy at the State Department during a ceremony marking the agency leader’s swearing-in on Wednesday [5-2-18]. In his first remarks at the State Department since becoming president, Trump praised […]

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CIA/CONGRESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “In a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel has held senior positions around the world supervising covert action, managing U.S. spies’ collection of human intelligence and working on counterterrorism efforts, according to biographical summary of her career declassified by the agency on Tuesday [5-1-18]. Ms. Haspel, who is President Donald […]

Read More… from 5/1/2018


CIA/MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Central Intelligence Agency operatives have long run covert influence campaigns overseas. Now, the agency is mounting an unusually active, not very secret campaign in Washington. The C.I.A. is trying to ensure its deputy director, Gina Haspel, a career spy, is confirmed as its new director. Almost every detail of her life and work […]

Read More… from 4/20/2018


CIA/MIKE POMPEO/SENATE/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Nominees to lead the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency are encountering resistance in the Senate, where critics of President Donald Trump’s are prepared to make their confirmation battles a referendum on his foreign-policy positions. Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director and Mr. Trump’s pick to be the next secretary of state, […]

Read More… from 4/17/2018


CIA/DICK CHENEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Friday [4-13-18] he has pardoned a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby…Mr. Libby, now 67 years old, was convicted in 2007 of lying to a grand jury and obstructing justice in a case that involved the leaking of the identity […]

Read More… from 4/13/2018


CIA/DEFENSE/FOREIGN POLICY/JAMES MATTIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Defense Secretary James Mattis is doing his best to downplay notions that he is concerned about working with President Donald Trump’s hawkish new national security adviser John Bolton despite signs of a shifting power dynamic at the highest levels of the administration and strong indications that the two men […]

Read More… from 3/28/2018


CIA/HEARING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to lead the CIA, is waging a behind-the-scenes effort to win over lawmakers amid concern from some in the Trump administration and Republican circles that she may have trouble winning confirmation, according to multiple sources familiar with her work. Haspel, who is under scrutiny […]

Read More… from 3/27/2018


CIA/JOHN MCCAIN/TORTURE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S. Senator John McCain on Friday pressed President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, for information about her ties to the agency’s past use of harsh interrogation techniques, underscoring challenges she faces winning confirmation.Trump nominated Haspel, currently Central Intelligence Agency deputy director, to become director last week. The announcement […]

Read More… from 3/23/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/RAND PAUL/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said Wednesday [3-14-18] he would oppose the nominations of Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state and Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. The announcement by Mr. Paul, the first Republican to oppose either nominee, makes it likely that Democratic support will be needed for […]

Read More… from 3/14/2018


CIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The career Central Intelligence Agency officer picked by President Donald Trump to run the agency faced fresh questions Tuesday [3-13-18] from lawmakers over her role in the CIA’s interrogation program following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Gina Haspel, 61 years old, is the agency’s current deputy director, and she would become […]

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CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/MIKE POMPEO/REX TILLERSON/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump’s plan to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state positions a crucial Trump ally as the administration’s top diplomat, one who the president said is more in line with his foreign-policy vision. Mr. Pompeo is among the few outsiders to have […]

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CIA/FBI/GOP/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former CIA Director John Brennan is calling out Republicans for ‘reckless partisan behavior’ over their handling of a secret memo about the FBI’s surveillance practices. ‘I had many fights with Congressional Dems over the years on national security matters. But I never witnessed the type of reckless partisan behavior I am […]

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CIA/MIKE POMPEO/RUSSIA: “CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently met with his Russian counterparts when they traveled to the US, according to US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman. Russian media is reporting those who met with Pompeo may have included the country’s sanctioned spy chief, Sergey Naryshkin. Talks between top US and Russian intelligence officials occurred just […]

Read More… from 1/31/2018


CHINA/CIA/LEGAL/NATIONAL SECURITY: “A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested Monday [1-15-18] on charges of unlawfully retaining classified information, and U.S. officials familiar with the matter said he was suspected of providing information that helped the Chinese government identify U.S. informants in that country. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53 years old, who worked for the […]

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CIA/MENTAL HEALTH/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “CIA Director Mike Pompeo defended President Donald Trump’s mental abilities in the wake of a book claiming Trump does not read or properly process information presented to him. ‘Those statements are just absurd,’ Pompeo said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ When he delivers information to Trump almost daily, the President engages […]

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CIA/MIKE POMPEO/REX TILLERSON/STATE: “For all his political and bureaucratic stumbles, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been a steady voice of moderation in how the Trump administration engages with the world. That voice will be lost if, as expected, President Trump replaces Mr. Tillerson at the State Department with Mike Pompeo, a hard-line former […]

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CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has turned his daily intelligence briefing — a routine that in previous administrations has been a dry, formal affair — into a free-flowing conversation during which he peppers his CIA director, former House member Mike Pompeo, with questions about everything from national security threats to the internal dynamics […]

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CIA/JOHN KELLY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing ALL #JFKFiles other than the names and… addresses of any mentioned person who is still living. I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and… in order to put any and all conspiracy […]

Read More… from 10/28/2017


CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MIKE POMPEO/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA: “CIA Director Mike Pompeo drew sharp criticism Thursday [10-19-17] after wrongly stating that the U.S. intelligence community had found that Russian meddling did not tilt the 2016 presidential election. Pompeo made the inaccurate claim at an event hosted by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank close to […]

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CIA/MILITARY/NORTH KOREA: “Former CIA Director John Brennan estimated that the U.S. has at least a 20% likelihood of becoming engaged in military conflict with North Korea amid President Donald Trump’s discord with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. ‘Having this back-and-forth on the public stage is not the way to de-escalate here,’ Mr. Brennan said […]

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CIA/MIKE POMPEO/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The end came quickly for one of the costliest covert action programs in the history of the C.I.A. During a White House briefing early last month, the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, recommended to President Trump that he shut down a four-year-old effort to arm and train Syrian rebels. The president swiftly […]

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CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/SYRIA: “Syria views a U.S. decision to halt CIA support to rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad as a ‘start’ toward ending the six-year conflict, a government minister told Reuters. ‘All these steps are the start to solving the Syrian crisis, and without that there is no solution,’ national reconciliation minister Ali […]

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CIA/MIKE POMPEO/NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR: “CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday [7-21-17] evening offered some of the most aggressive comments yet from the Trump administration with regard to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Although Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has in the past said the US was against forcing Kim out of power or the […]

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CIA/FBI/INTELLIGENCE: “Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 7, 2017 02:40am […]

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CABINET/CIA/NATIONAL SECURITY: “CIA Director Mike Pompeo carves out three hours almost every weekday to drive from Langley, Virginia, to the White House with his team to give President Donald Trump his national security briefing in person. The CIA director’s treks to the West Wing reflect Trump’s insistence on frequent meetings with favored members of his […]

Read More… from 6/19/2017


CIA/INTELLIGENCE: “The Trump administration has begun returning copies of a voluminous 2014 Senate report about the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program to Congress, complying with the demand of a top Republican senator who has criticized the report for being shoddy and excessively critical of the C.I.A. The Trump administration’s move, described by multiple […]

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CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN: “Now the official, Michael D’Andrea, has a new job. He is running the C.I.A.’s Iran operations, according to current and former intelligence officials, an appointment that is the first major sign that the Trump administration is invoking the hard line the president took against Iran during his campaign. Mr. D’Andrea’s new role is […]

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2016 ELECTION/CIA/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA: “Former CIA director John Brennan testified Tuesday [5-23-17] that U.S. intelligence agencies grew concerned after they received information that Trump campaign associates were in contact with Russian officials, shedding new light on the basis for the FBI investigation that has overshadowed the opening months of President Donald Trump’s administration. In testimony before the […]

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CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/NORTH KOREA: “The CIA has established a Korea Mission Center to address ‘the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by’ North Korea and its unpredictable leader, the US intelligence agency announced Wednesday. The creation of the center focusing on specific threats from the Korean peninsula will allow the CIA to ‘harness the full resources, […]

Read More… from 5/11/2017