Jamal Khashoggi/The Dissident

‘The Dissident’ Unravels the Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi

A top official in Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service, the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP), has been implicated in the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi (pronounced “Kash-shoke-gee”) The Office of the Director of the National Intelligence has released a declassified report concluding that the order for the assassination came from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A...


Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Spencer Ackerman of Daily Beast calls it “a proxy war.” The nomination of Avril Haines to serve as director of the Office of National Intelligence (ODNI) has set off a power struggle between the center-left and center-right factions of the Democratic policy world. This is a consequential fight, the ODNI overseees–but does not actually run–17...

Avril Haines

All About Avril Haines, Biden’s Pick for the Top U.S. Intelligence Job

Avril Haines is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to run the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). if confirmed, she will effectively serve as the chairwoman of the U.S. intelligence community. The ODNI doesn’t control the budgets of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, but it does coordinate and set direction. It is not as...

John Brennan

Trump’s Intelligence Purge Rattles National Security Establishment

Former CIA director John Brennan calls it a “full blown national security crisis.” Soon to be ex-acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire says Congress that Russia is seeking to influence in the 2020 presidential election on behalf of President Trump. Trump is replacing Maguire with Richard Grenell, a former spokesman for U.S. Ambassador...

Joseph-Maguire DNI

The Dangers of a Trump Loyalist as Director of National Intelligence 

Last week’s appearance of Joseph Maguire, the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI), highlighted the importance of an obscure position. Maguire deferred to the Trump Justice Department’s tortured argument for withholding a whistleblower’s complaint from Congress but insisted he was following the law, not covering up. Democrats were unconvinced. Trump ousted the previous DNI, Dan...