Agency isn't hiding intelligence from Trump — CIA director

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

During his campaign, President Donald Trump was highly critical of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Feinberg, the co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Capital Management L.P., has no intelligence experience.

Feinberg, 56, has been a major donor to Republican candidates and has served on Trump's economic advisory council.

Known as reclusive and media-shy, Feinberg gives few interviews.

"He's offered his services and you know, it's something we may take advantage of", Trump said during a press conference Thursday.

In response, President Trump will soon assign a close ally to lead "a broad review of American intelligence agencies", the New York Times reports.

What the newspaper does quote is a statement by a White House official, also anonymous, who says the allegations are false.

One unnamed National Security Agency official said the agency was "systematically" withholding some of the "good stuff" from the president, according to the Observer column. There are also reports that he'll be tapped to retool the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency.

Fox News suggested former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's plan to personally assemble briefings for the president might have slowed down the flow of intelligence information to Trump's desk.

"Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years".

The officials told the newspaper that the information was withheld due to concerns it could be leaked or compromised in some way.

Either the ODNI statement is false or the sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal were making claims of insubordination they didn't actually commit, to slander the White House and posture as members of the anti-Trump resistance.

According to the paper, the decision "underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team's contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward US spy agencies.".

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