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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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Did the Trump Administration Warn Jamal Khashoggi He Was in Danger? 

Did the Trump Administration Warn Jamal Khashoggi He Was in Danger? 

Avi Asher-Schapiro asks the question at Lawfare: Did the Trump administration warn Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was the Saudi insider and Washington Post columnist who disappeared after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Khashoggi had been critical of Saudi Arab’s new and reckless Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman (MBS). The CIA, led by director...

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‘The Report:’ Torture Meets Truth in Obama’s Washington

‘The Report:’ Torture Meets Truth in Obama’s Washington

For better and worse, “The Report” is a Washington movie, right down to its sanitized title. The credits hint it was originally called “The Torture Report.” A bureaucratic thriller starring Adam Driver as Dan Jones, an obsessed Senate investigator, the movie deploys the iconography of the capital—the looming Capitol dome, the expansive Mall, a cushy...

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Spies Urge CIA Director Gina Haspel to Protect Whistleblower from Trump

Spies Urge CIA Director Gina Haspel to Protect Whistleblower from Trump

From the Washington Examiner. “It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward,” said Marc Polymeropoulos, a senior CIA operations officer who recently retired. “This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I’m confident she will do the right thing.” Source: Spies urge CIA...

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