‘Collusion In Plain Sight’: Ex-Intel Officials Reveal The Dark Truth Behind Barr’s Cover Up
A group of former CIA and FBI officials spoke with Business Insider this week and decided to bash Donald Trump and his Attorney General William Barr for doing whatever it takes to cover up for the president.
According to one former FBI agent, Frank Montoya Jr., “given his [Barr’s] track record so far as a shill for Trump (as opposed to a defender of the presidency), it is, admittedly, a feeble hope,” that Barr will be cautious with the intel he is given.
The report states, “President Donald Trump’s decision to grant vast authority to Attorney General William Barr to declassify intelligence as he investigates the origins of the Russia investigation stunned national-security veterans and has the Justice Department hurtling toward a clash with the US intelligence community. “
Many officials feel as if Barr and Trump are directly targetting the intelligence community.
Robert Deitz, a former top lawyer at the CIA and the National Security Agency, said that Trump’s order is a “direct insult to the leadership of the intel community.”
Dietz also claimed that he doesn’t trust Trump or Barr.
“The President has an outcome in mind that he would like to see,” Deitz remarked. “And since Barr was so accommodating over the Mueller report, asking him to conduct an investigation, and then giving him declassification authority, suggests that the inquiry has been pre-cooked.”
“There’s a reason why the CIA is so vigilant about guarding its sources,” a former CIA covert operative who requested anonymity explained. “It’s because lives are on the line. The AG is either ignorant of that fact, or he doesn’t care. Either way, it’s horrifying.”
“Why would a source want to cooperate with us if we cannot protect his or her identity?” Montoya added. “Or, just as importantly, the information they share with us? It will endanger the lives of sources if their identities or that information becomes public.”
Asha Rangappa, a former FBI special agent, expressed fears that Barr would compromise the agencies.
“Make no mistake: If Barr discloses the identities of CIA and [counterintelligence] sources providing information on Russia he is disabling our intelligence capacities to Russia’s advantage,” she explained. “It puts sources providing intelligence in danger and cripples the [intelligence community’s] ability to recruit new sources.”
Read the entire interview HERE.