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Sat Jan 7, 2017, 09:51 AM

Ex-CIA chief Panetta on Trump's distrust in intel: 'I've never seen anything like this'


Leon Panetta, the former CIA director, aired concerns with Donald Trump’s public resistance to the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to disrupt the election through cyberattacks, calling it “unheard of and unprecedented.”

“I've never seen anything like this in my lifetime,” Panetta told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview taped Thursday and aired Friday on the "Today" show. “The fact that the president-elect is tweeting on this issue and taking it to the public, and in many ways undermining the credibility of the very intelligence agencies that have to provide information to him in order for him to be president of the United States, this is just unheard of and unprecedented, and I think we all have to be concerned about this.”

“This is not the kind of bickering that ought to be going on in public,” he concluded.

Panetta, a Democrat who led the CIA and later the Defense Department during the Obama administration, was blunt in his interview with Lauer. He sounded dismayed that Trump has taken to Twitter to question intelligence officials’ conclusion from October that Russia was behind cyberattacks on top Democratic Party officials during the presidential campaign.

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Reply Ex-CIA chief Panetta on Trump's distrust in intel: 'I've never seen anything like this' (Original post)
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Sat Jan 7, 2017, 09:53 AM

1. we've never had a russian surrogate as president-elect before

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