GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Outgoing CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words

By News Express on 16/01/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 473

Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan.
Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan.

Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, warning him to watch what he says and suggesting the president-elect doesn’t understand the challenges posed by Russia.

Brennan’s stern words – which sparked a quick Twitter retort from Trump – were the latest salvo in the ongoing feud between the incoming Republican leader and US intelligence agencies, who have concluded Moscow meddled in the November election.

The 70-year-old Trump, who takes office on Friday, has nevertheless been effusive in his praise of Vladimir Putin, saying that if the Russian leader “likes” him, it would be an “asset” to help repair strained ties with Moscow.

The Senate Intelligence committee meanwhile has launched a bipartisan probe into Moscow’s alleged interference in US politics – which could force officials in both Barack Obama’s administration and Trump’s government to testify.

“I don’t think he has a full appreciation of Russian capabilities, Russia’s intentions and actions,” Brennan said of Trump on Fox News Sunday.

“I think Mr Trump has to be very disciplined in terms of what it is that he says publicly,” he added.

“He is going to be, in a few days’ time, the most powerful person in the world, in terms of sitting on top of the United States government and I think he has to recognise that his words do have impact,” the CIA chief said.

“He’s going to have the opportunity to do something for national security as opposed to talking and tweeting,” he added.

“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests.”

– ‘Distraction’ –
US intelligence agencies allege that Putin ordered a covert effort to interfere in the election to boost Trump and harm his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

A report from the Director of National Intelligence released this month said hackers working for Russia penetrated Democratic Party computers and accounts to release files embarrassing to Clinton, and also conducted a campaign of media manipulation with the same aim.

Trump’s feud with intelligence agencies has been stoked by the leak of an unsubstantiated report that Russia had gathered compromising personal and financial material on the president-elect, and alleged close links between Trump and Kremlin aides during the campaign.

Hours after Brennan’s rebuke, Trump slapped back at intelligence leaders on Twitter, echoing the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, who called the alleged Russia “kompromat” dossier “garbage.”

And later, he sent another tweet, this time slamming Brennan for suggesting that Trump did not fully understand Russia – and even seeming to hint that the CIA chief himself might have leaked the Russia dossier.

“Oh really, couldn’t do much worse – just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?”

Incoming Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday dismissed notions that the Trump team and the Kremlin had made contact during the 2016 race.

“This is all a distraction,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“It’s all part of a narrative to delegitimise the election and to question the legitimacy of his presidency.”

– ‘Salacious allegations’ –
The unsubstantiated dossier about Trump, Russia and possible compromising material – compiled by a former British MI6 intelligence agent doing opposition research for Trump’s campaign opponents – also said Moscow had incriminating video of the president-elect.

The fact that intelligence agencies had offered Trump a synopsis of the dossier – which was later published in full online by BuzzFeed – lent the allegations credence.

But Brennan said the intelligence community was only “making sure that the president-elect was aware that it was circulating.”

“I think there are some very salacious allegations in there – again, unsubstantiated,” he said, adding it was “a responsibility in the minds of the intelligence directors” to inform Trump as well as the Obama White House of the report.

Brennan bristled at Trump’s likening of the US intelligence community to Nazi Germany, calling it “outrageous.”

“I do take great umbrage at that,” the outgoing spy chief said.
Pence blamed the scandal on “media bias,” in an interview with CBS. (AFP)
 

Source News Express

Posted 16/01/2017 4:31:54 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
FG moves to rescue citizen sentenced to death...

Pastor Tunde Bakare got it wrong, Jonathan Conference...

Ikpeazu dares Otti, promises to mobilise 1.3 million...

Gunmen kill woman, 5-year-old boy in refugee camp...

Strike: WE’LL FIGHT TO THE END —ASUU •President...

Lagos opens Nigeria’s first DNA Forensic Lab

Police discovers kidnappers’ den in Ogun •Councilor, 4...

Fashola throws weight behind decision to appeal court...

Abia defends spending of N46.4B oil communities money,...

UNICEF mourns Sir Roger Moore a.k.a James Bond...

Breaking News: Inauguration of 8th National Assembly postponed...

Tax fraud: Spain’s Supreme Court confirms Messi’s jail...

 

Latest News South-East Governors behaving like slaves — South-East CLO •Also slams FG, Army 13 political parties plan merger Ohanaeze warns against frivolous court order on IPOB •Indicts AGF Our faith in democracy remains unshaken, Buhari tells the world Angry Trump threatens total destruction of North Korea Delta gets new Electoral Act Workers protest concession of airports Enugu LG Election: Groups reject PDP candidate for Nsukka, urge opposition to produce credible alternative Dangote begs public to help monitor truck drivers •Sets up hotline for reports NYSC mourns as former DG dies African Union member states endorse the draft statute to boost African cinema industry Militants break silence on Army, IPOB clash; tell South East governors, Senators, Reps, Ministers, Ambassadors to resign immediately

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (278,183 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (260,134 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (211,265 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (177,360 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (176,581 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (158,053 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (136,506 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (126,691 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (120,187 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (111,108 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (110,255 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (102,662 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (28) Business (2,691) Business Verdict (22) Columnists (740) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (178) Entertainment (377) Features (487) Global Business Monitor (178) International (1,540) Interviews (129) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (73) News (28,514) Opinion (808) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,934) Religion (625) Sports (1,322) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN words on marble advert

 

 

Manchester United vs Everton 4-0 All Goals & Extended Highlights

 

APO Newsbreak logo

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!