A former CIA station chief believes former CIA Director John Brennan “is doing Putin’s bidding” by publicly attacking and speculating about President Donald Trump.
In an article at Cipher Brief, a national security website, CIA veteran Daniel Hoffman said Brennan’s recent remarks play right into Putin’s hands.
“As a former KGB officer and director of its successor, the FSB, Putin’s weapons of choice for this covert campaign are espionage, and influence operations that target our political differences to weaken and divide us
I was particularly upset when former CIA Director John Brennan delivered cringe worthy tweets excoriating President Donald Trump’s character and then “speculating” on MSNBC that Trump has not said anything negative about Putin because Trump “has something to serious to fear.” He insinuated Putin was in a position to blackmail the president. Brennan later explained to The New York Times that he was speculating, but damage was done. He played right into the hands of an adversary trying to widen the partisan divide,” Hoffman wrote.
If Brennan was genuinely concerned about the president’s trustworthiness, then he should have trusted the process and spoken privately with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Had he done so, Brennan would have avoided the collateral damage he risked by “speculating” about Putin’s hold on the president. Brennan’s public statements carry weight, and he was doing Putin’s bidding by driving divisive dialogue towards partisanship instead of helping to build consensus against Putin. Brennan is also fueling Trump’s suspicion that the Obama intelligence team was not treating him or his administration fairly.
Putin is counting on his influence operations to plunge our politics deeper into chaos and weaken our institutions. Putin’s regime security is strengthened when the U.S. is so internally divided that we cannot with one voice counter the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy.
You can read the rest of ex-CIA Station Chief Daniel Hoffman’s assessment by clicking here.
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