Category: <span>Gina Haspel</span>

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As Trump Lashes Out, McConnell Protects CIA Director Haspel

As Trump Lashes Out, McConnell Protects CIA Director Haspel

President Trump just fired the government’s top cybersecurity official, Christopher Krebs. His offense: he said there were no serious irregularities in the voting that culminated on November 3. No one thinks the soon-to-be ex-president is done. The question in Washington is: Will he fire CIA director Gina Haspel next? Or FBI director Christopher Wray? Last...

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As Trump Cabal Plots a Coup, Rubio Defends Haspel at CIA

As Trump Cabal Plots a Coup, Rubio Defends Haspel at CIA

CIA director Gina Haspel (Credit: Politico) This subtext of this POLITICO story is: how does Senator Marco Rubio stand up to President Trump’s attempt to hinder the transition to President-Elect Biden? He doesn’t. Rather than criticize the president, the Florida Republicans is defending Trump’s next target: CIA director Gina Haspel. After President Trump “terminated” Defense...

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Haspel Hangs on at CIA, With Little Support from White House or Democrats

Haspel Hangs on at CIA, With Little Support from White House or Democrats

From the reliable James Risen and Matthew Cole at The Intercept. CIA director Gina Haspel confided to a former colleague that she wouldn’t be surprised if Trump replaced her by September. Haspel has tried to placate the president and hindered her own agency in the process. Haspel’s efforts to appease Trump while shielding the CIA...

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NSA Dissented From CIA on Russian Bounty Intelligence 

NSA Dissented From CIA on Russian Bounty Intelligence 

From the unlikely duo of Antiwar.com and the Wall Street Journal comes a dissent from the leaked intelligence reports that Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, offered bounty payments to Taliban commanders who killed U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan. The National Security Agency and the CIA differed on the intelligence, with NSA analysts concluding the evidence...

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CIA’s Haspel All But Confirms Russian Bounty Reports

CIA’s Haspel All But Confirms Russian Bounty Reports

On Monday, Gina Haspel made a rare public statement.  It contained both a small favor and a veiled rebuke to President Trump. It was an intelligence agency kind of statement: opaque in verbiage but clear in meaning if you know the coded language of White House-Langley relations. The CIA director didn’t comment on the multiplying...