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The Spies Who Predicted COVID-19 

The Spies Who Predicted COVID-19 

Former CIA spokesman Kent Harrington runs down the history of warnings from the intelligence community about pandemics. There were quite a few. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama paid attention. The intelligence community first raised the alert immediately after President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, when then-DNI Dennis Blair testified that, “The most pressing...

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‘Influence’ Shows Why if You’re Not Worried About the November Election, You Should Be 

‘Influence’ Shows Why if You’re Not Worried About the November Election, You Should Be 

A Canadian documentary, Influence, profiles the late Tim Bell, a state of the art political consultant, in the United Kingdom. His firm, Bell Pottinger, had a long history of advocacy for authoritarian clients from Syria’s Bashar Assad to South Africa’s Jacob Zuma. He was, in a phrase, a disinformation artist. Like Frank FIgliuzzi, Kent Harrington,...

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Opinion: Intel Chiefs Stay Silent on Trump’s Purge 

Opinion: Intel Chiefs Stay Silent on Trump’s Purge 

Last month, I wrote a story of Trump’s machinations around the Office of Director of National Intelligence under the headline, “Trump’s Intelligence Rattles National Security Establishment.” Kent Harrington, former CIA officer and later an agency spokesman, uses the same word. “There is no question that Trump’s latest round of firings qualify as a ‘purge,'” he...