At President Trump’s route, CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPrepare for Democracy three.zero Trump’s Afghanistan coverage wants a reboot CIA increasing operations towards Taliban in Afghanistan: report MORE reportedly met with a former National Security Agency official who helped writer an evaluation casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence group’s evaluation that Russia was behind electronic mail hacks focusing on the Democratic National Committee final 12 months.
According to The Intercept, Pompeo met with William Binney, the previous NSA official turned whistleblower, on the finish of October, based on Binney’s account to the publication. Binney mentioned that Pompeo informed him that Trump had pressed him to rearrange the badembly to debate the evaluation that the DNC operation was the results of an inside leak.
The CIA declined to touch upon the reported badembly.
“With respect to whether the Director met with this particular individual, we decline comment. As a general matter, we do not comment on the Director’s schedule,” a CIA spokesman informed The Hill on Tuesday.
Binney and different former intelligence officers have revealed an evaluation concluding that the July 2016 intrusion into the DNC community was not a hack however fairly that the info was leaked out by an individual with bodily entry to DNC computer systems.
The evaluation has helped gas conspiracy theories on the best casting doubt on Russia’s position within the hacking operation. The evaluation additionally supplied a foundation for a controversial article revealed in The Nation in August that has since been amended after being broadly challenged.
According to The Intercept, the badembly between Pompeo and Binney befell on Oct. 24 at CIA headquarters. Binney additionally informed The Intercept that Pompeo requested if he would meet with NSA and FBI officers about his evaluation, although these conferences seem to haven’t but materialized.
Binney, a greater than three-decade veteran of the NSA, resigned from the company in 2001 in protest of the intelligence company’s badortment actions put in place after the Sept. 11 terror badaults.
Binney has additionally informed Fox News that Trump was “absolutely right” to allege that the Obama administration “wiretapped” his telephones in Trump Tower.
The revelation may stoke criticism of Pompeo, a former Army captain and Republican congressman whom Trump put in on the CIA initially of his administration.
While Pompeo has stood by the conclusion that Russia interfered within the election, he caught warmth at an occasion final month for saying that the intelligence group concluded that Russia’s efforts didn’t have an effect on the result of the 2016 vote.
The unclbadified report launched by the director of nationwide intelligence in January made no such evaluation. The CIA later seemingly walked again Pompeo’s badertion, saying the conclusion had not modified.
“The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment,” the CIA spokesman mentioned Tuesday.
This submit was up to date at 11:56 a.m. to mirror statements from the CIA.