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USCIA slams CNN's 'misguided' and 'simply false' reporting on alleged CIA spy's extraction from Kremlin

09:10  10 september  2019
09:10  10 september  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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The CIA allegedly carried out the extraction mission amid fears that its asset was in imminent According to the anonymous sources, then- CIA director Mike Pompeo had told administration A source also referred to unspecified media speculation about the existence of a Kremlin mole, which

CNN reported on Monday that in the early months of the Trump presidency in 2017, the CIA extracted a spy working deep inside the Kremlin . The report also says that U. S . officials were concerned about media reports that had revealed details about the Russian mole. The author of the story is Jim

The Central Intelligence Agency on Monday evening slammed what it called CNN's "misguided" and "simply false" reporting, after the cable channel's chief national security correspondent authored a hole-filled piece claiming that the CIA had pulled a high-level spy out of Russia because President Trump had "repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy."

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The extraordinary CIA rebuke came as The New York Times published a bombshell piece late in the evening, which largely contradicted CNN's reporting. According to The Times, CIA officials "made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia" -- weeks before Trump even took office. Concerns about media reporting on Russian election interference drove the decision, according to the Times.

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A CIA source whom the US intelligence service allegedly extracted from Russia in 2017 was recruited decades The extraction inflicted a significant blow to intelligence , the Times report says. Not only did it In its report , CNN alleged that the source was extracted over fears that US President Donald

“ CNN ' s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false ,” said Brittany Bramell, the CIA director of public affairs. “ Misguided speculation that the President' s handling of our nation' s

"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," the Times wrote.

The purported spy refused the 2016 offer of extraction, the Times reported, citing family concerns. But the CIA "pressed again months later after more media inquiries" threatened the source, and he relented, according to the paper.

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The United States successfully extracted one of its highest-level spies from the Kremlin in 2017, according to The CIA ' s director of public affairs, Brittany Bramell, slammed CNN in a statement - saying " CNN ' s 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

"CNN's narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false," CIA Director for Public Affairs Brittany Bramell said in a statement.

Bramwell continued: "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."

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According to CNN chief national correspondent and former Obama administration official Jim Scuitto, the decision to carry out the extraction "occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel."

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Although not about the spy specifically, CNN reported that Trump' s revelation to the Russians The White House and CIA both disputed the report . " CNN ' s narrative that the Central Trump was informed in advance of the extraction , along with a small number of senior officials, according to CNN .

One government official told CNN that the intelligence community was concerned that too much information about the Kremlin spy operation was coming 14, 2016, NBC News reported that spies at the highest levels of the Russian government had provided intelligence that Vladimir Putin directed

The disclosure "prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure," CNN reported.

It was not clear from the CNN piece how exactly Trump's comments in the Oval Office would have further compromised the Russian source.

Numerous other holes quickly surfaced in CNN's reporting. Commentator Aaron Mate pointed out in a Twitter thread that several major news organizations had previously cited a high-level source in the Russian government as a source -- suggesting that the intelligence community itself, not Trump, had compromised the spy.

For example, The Washington Post reported in June 2017 of "'sourcing deep inside the Russian government' -- so deep that it purportedly 'captured Putin’s specific instructions" to launch a pro-Trump influence campaign," Matte noted.

And the Times reported in August 2018 of "anonymous intel officials complaining that their 'vital Kremlin informants have largely gone silent.'" But "if these Kremlin informants are so vital, why are US intel officials talking about them?" Matte asked. The source resurfaced in May 2019, when the Times "reported on intel fears of this source being exposed."

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The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel. The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian Asked for comment, Brittany Bramell, the CIA director of public affairs, told CNN : “ CNN ’ s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death

CNN cited “a source with knowledge of the intelligence community’ s response” to the Trump-Putin meeting as saying The Kremlin – made up largely of ex-KGB officers – is paranoid about western spies Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, was CIA director at the time of the reported extraction .

"Again, the irony is lost that it's the ones who are complaining who are the ones revealing this supposed source," Matte wrote. "So there's a pattern here of intel leaks in order to: create a false link between Trump-Russia; to reveal supposed high-level Russian sources that advance the Russiagate narrative & then falsely blame Trump for these sources' supposed vulnerability."

Fox News understands that the CIA would take hard decision to withdraw an asset only after a long deliberative process, and that the move would not be taken based on a single event involving classified information, as CNN implied. The CIA takes the protection of their assets and their safety as highest the priority, Fox News is told.

CNN did not immediately reply to Fox News' request for comment. Numerous other news organizations, including Vox, The Hill, and the Guardian, picked up CNN's original story uncritically.

The developments led to speculation as to who had leaked the information to CNN -- especially in light of previous anti-Trump leaks that found their way to the organization -- and led commentators to again fault the accuracy of CNN's initial reporting.

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"In their fervor to blame President Trump for mishandling classified information, CNN potentially risked lives," a source familiar with the matter told The Daily Wire. "They had multiple on-the-record quotes from Administration officials telling them. Their story was not only wrong, but irresponsible and dangerous, and CNN decided to run with it anyway."

Fox News' Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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