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The Pro-Trump CIA Man:  QAnon Madness and Upward Failure

The Pro-Trump CIA Man: QAnon Madness and Upward Failure

Michael Scheuer is a pure product of the CIA. A career operations officer, he ran the first agency task force that hunted Osama bin Laden. He authored the agency’s rendition program, which kidnapped suspected terrorists (and sometimes innocent people) and tortured them. He combined a deep knowledge of Islamic jihadist movements with a willingness to...

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Ex-CIA Biden Adviser Avril Haines, Scrubbed Palantir from Her Resume

Avril Haines, a former deputy CIA director who is now advising presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, has scrubbed her resume. Haines once listed herself as a consultant to Palantir, a data mining firm Not any more. Haines’s biography on the Brookings site was captured by the Wayback Machine, which archives websites, on May 9. At that...

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Pursuing Peace, Moon Promotes One Spy Chief and Picks Another

Pursuing Peace, Moon Promotes One Spy Chief and Picks Another

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has shuffled his security advisers in a bid to keep alive his campaign to formally end the Korean war and denuclearize the peninsula. While Washington-centric pundits focus on the erratic diplomacy of President Trump and the brinksmanship of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Moon is the most impressive of the three...

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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...

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