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'The president is actually going to cave further': Ex-CIA official lays out why Trump is 'so naive' heading into the North Korea summit

As President Donald Trump heads to Vietnam for his second summit with North Koran leader Kim Jong-un, many political observers are growing nervous about what he might agree to in his meeting with the dictator. The group of people who are fearful of the outcome includes, reportedly, his own top aides.

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Ex-CIA head of Russian operations blasts Trump for damaging 'morale in the US intelligence community': His 'actions are making us all less safe'

President Donald Trump's already-tense relationship with his own intelligence officials has deteriorated in recent weeks, with Trump going out of his way to attack their judgment.

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'Putin knows a lot more than the American public': Ex-CIA director says the Russian leader has 'exploited' Trump

Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC's "Hard Ball" on Tuesday with host Chris Matthews to discuss President Donald Trump's bizarre behavior toward Russia — and the fact that, based on what we know now, Russian President Vladimir Putin clearly had compromising information on him during the 2016 campaign.

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CIA officials express 'extraordinary frustration' over Trump's 'lack of comprehension' of US intelligence

One of the complaints that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had about President Donald Trump was that he doesn’t like to read and isn’t fond of absorbing new information. And according to a new article by the Washington Post’s Greg Miller, there are some people in the U.S. intelligence community who share that view of the president.

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Ex-CIA Director John Brennan nails Trump: ‘Impossible for you to escape justice’

Former CIA Director John Brennan on Monday fired back at President Donald Trump over his latest tweet attacking the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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CIA Director Gina Haspel finally addresses key senators in closed-door briefing on Jamal Khashoggi killing

CIA Director Gina Haspel held a closed-door briefing today in Washington, DC, addressing several senators on the killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who attended the briefing, underscore the divide between some GOP senators and the Trump Administration on the murder of Khashoggi—who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.

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Here's a key sign that the CIA has turned on the Saudis

Glenn Greenwald has described Washington Post columnist David Ignatius as an “all-but-official CIA media spokesman”; Adam Johnson of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) criticizes Ignatius for “breathlessly updating U.S. readers on the token, meaningless public relations gestures that the Saudi regime—and, by extension, Ignatius—refer to as ‘reforms.’”

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What happens when the intelligence community decides that Trump is too dangerous to be president?

A surge of public activism by former CIA personnel is one of the most unexpected developments of the Trump presidency, and it is accelerating.

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Ex-CIA operative argues that the Trump White House is covering up Saudi crown prince's killing of Jamal Khashoggi

White House officials continue to publicly doubt the growing amount of evidence strongly indicating that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a close ally of President Donald Trump, directly ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Former CIA Staffer Argues Trump Only Picked the New Acting Attorney General to Because of the Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is suddenly under threat in a way in hasn't been since it began.

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The 'War on Terror' Has Utterly Failed - Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11

In the 17 years since the events of Sept. 11 2001, after which the United States declared a "global war on terror," there has not been a terrorist attack of similar size or magnitude on American soil.

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