On Monday, the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency slammed CNN’s “misguided” and “simply false” reporting after the network’s national security correspondent authored an exclusive that claimed the CIA pulled a high-level spy that frequently interacted with Russia’s Vladimir Putin because President Donald Trump had “repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.”
The nation’s top law enforcement agency, which operates independently from partisan politics and Congress, responded to the reporting due to the false narrative.
According to Fox News, the “extraordinary CIA rebuke came as The New York Times published a bombshell piece late in the evening, which largely contradicted CNN’s reporting.”
Within the New York Times “bombshell piece” they reported, “CIA officials “made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia.”
Trump was inaugurated at the United States Capitol in January 2017.
The Times also noted, “Former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction.”
CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto is a former Obama administration official and was roasted by CIA Director for Public Affairs Brittany Bramell.
On behalf of the CIA, Bramell said, “CNN’s narrative that the CIA makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Misguided speculation that the President’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence – which he has access to each and every day – drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.”
Despite the false narrative spread by CNN, NBC News exclusively reported the Russia spy was now living under apparent U.S. protection and using his real identity in a Washington, D.C., development.
After sources told NBC News the Russian living in the District of Columbia was the same person referenced within the Times and CNN’s story NBC later said, “he fits the profile of someone who may have had access to information about Putin’s activities.”