Whistleblower and former Central Intelligence Officer (CIA) officer John Kiriakou revealed why he thinks President Trump should ask the Senate to investigate the CIA.
Appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he told Carlson of the discrepancies between the professional “whistleblower’s” complaint, and the way he filed a whistleblower complaint in the past.
“In this case, this went through layers of editing and coordinating, and lawyers were involved, and managers were involved. It looks like a legal document,” he said. “It doesn’t look like a whistleblower complaint, and that leads me to believe that this whistleblower that we’re talking about is just a face of an entire group that’s at the CIA that’s pushing this forward,” added Kiriakou, reported the Daily Caller.
He agreed with the picture Carlson painted that those in the CIA are becoming more like “political operatives,” and commented the problem is “getting worse and worse as time goes on.”
Most CIA operatives have been in the job for many years, and are confident of outstaying the president, with no fear of him. “They are arrogant,” said Kiriakou.
“These people who run the CIA, almost all of them are holdovers from the Obama administration,” he said.
Kiriakou knows what he is talking about; he worked for the CIA as a counterterrorism officer and worked as a senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act and spent almost two years in prison. His crime was blowing the whistle on the Bush administration torture program.
“In my own case, where I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, I didn’t—and couldn’t—go through the chain of command because my chain of command had created the torture program. I couldn’t go to Congress because Congress was in on the program. They had approved it and financed it. My only alternative was to go to the media,” said Kiriakou as reported in Consortium News.
Kiriakou concluded the Fox interview by saying, “If I could give the president advice, I would say to turn to the Senate, turn to the Senate Majority leader and ask for an investigation of the CIA. We need hearings on the CIA, and reform in the CIA because this is not the way this whistleblower system is supposed to work.”