SpyTalk Donald Trump When I first came to Washington many years ago, I looked up a friend working at the CIA. Over lunch I asked him about one of the raging stories of the day—questions about the agency’s hand in overthrowing the socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende. “I don’t know, man,” I remember him saying. “I work on Russia and don’t pay any attention to that stuff. I read about in the papers like everybody else.” Much the same attitude prevails in the CIA workforce today, my sampling of agency veterans showed, even if today’s big story—President Donald Trump’s bromance with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin—has a sizeable minority worried that operations will be damaged. “DO [Directorate of Operations] people are the best at not giving a shit about stupid politicians,” said John Sipher, a 28-year veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service and onetime head of its Russia operations. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Dalliance With Vladimir Putin Has CIA Spies Spooked
Driving the Day NEWS -- @maggieNYT: Exxon CEO Rex "Tillerson meeting w Trump today, per source." Good Saturday morning. Read this Washington Post bombshell, and then read Donald Trump’s reaction.Story Continued Below BOMBSHELL -- “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House,” by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller: “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the [DNC] and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider … [Read more...] about WaPo blockbuster: CIA: Russia tried to help Trump win — TILLERSON leading SECSTATE candidate — Working the ACELA for votes — ALEX CONANT’s WSJ debut — OBAMAS to HAWAII Friday — B’DAY: Kip Wainscott
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller (front), the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, leaves the Capitol building after meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. Robert Mueller meets with Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington DC, USA - 21 Jun 2017 Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock SpyTalk Donald Trump Michael Hayden White House scandals have a way of turning nobodies into unfortunate somebodies. So it was 45 years ago in October with Donald Segretti, whom The Washington Post exposed as a major cog in a White House dirty tricks program to destroy Maine Senator Ed Muskie, the leading Democratic candidate for president. Segretti’s reported role added startling new context to what became known as the Watergate scandal. It showed that the June 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee was part of a much larger campaign of surveillance and sabotage against targets on President Richard Nixon’s “enemies … [Read more...] about Papadopoulos is “the big one,” not Manafort, ex-CIA director Michael Hayden says
Vice President Mike Pence (right) swears in Mike Pompeo—flanked by Pompeo’s wife, Susan—to be director of the CIA in Washington, D.C., on January 23. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst SpyTalk Donald Trump Mike Pompeo Central Intelligence Agency Updated | In early November, Cynthia Storer sat down and started sketching out her next lecture for an online course she’s teaching for Johns Hopkins University. The topic: the politicization of intelligence. The ex-CIA senior counterterrorism analyst, one of the famous “sisters” who tracked Osama bin Laden, has firsthand memories of the constant pressure from Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials to come up with proof that Saddam Hussein had ties to Al-Qaeda. With White House encouragement, the agency also came up with evidence that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. In that sad episode, George Tenet, then CIA director, told Bush he could make a “slam dunk” … [Read more...] about Is Mike Pompeo’s CIA just telling the president what he wants to hear?
Natasha Bertrand, provided by Published 6:36 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Guang Niu/Getty Images The DOJ announced on Tuesday that a former CIA officer found with top-secret material including the names of CIA employees and informants had been arrested. Current and former intelligence officials believe that Lee was passing the top-secret information to China to help its government identify CIA informants and employees operating in that country, at least 20 of whom were killed or thrown in jail. Ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Lee, who was found to be in possession of classified and top-secret materials long after he left the agency, was arrested on Tuesday after flying into John F. Kennedy Airport from Hong Kong, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing San Antonio Boy Attempts Icy Stunt by Jumping on Slick Trampoline Storyful Car drives off bridge near downtown S.A. during storm mysa Woman in England surprised … [Read more...] about Ex-CIA officer arrested, suspected of spying for China and betraying informants who were then killed