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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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Haspel Urged Trump to Release Ukraine Aid

Haspel Urged Trump to Release Ukraine Aid

CIA director Gina Haspel has managed to avoid alienating President Trump, even as he turns his wrath on former director John Brennan and the still-anonymous CIA whistleblower who called attention to Trump’s Ukraine deals. But Haspel crossed Trump during his bid to enlist the Ukaine government in his 2020 reelection campaign, the Daily Beast reports....

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The Girl Who Became Spymaster

The Girl Who Became Spymaster

When Gina Haspel, director of the CIA, gave her first public speech last fall at the University of Louisville, she mentioned in passing that she had gone to boarding school in England. Where? I wondered. The formative years of spies can illuminate the trajectory of their otherwise shadowy careers. James Angleton, the legendary chief of...

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