November 15, 2018 | Leave a comment “He tried stealing that from you,"St. were seeking to obtain secret inside information on Germanys plans intentions motivations etc Thats what spy outfits have always done and are expected to do to each other whether it be friend or foe So take the German politicians laments for what they are: largely political theatrics I bet the BND does; in fact I suspect its career leadership is already quietly passing the word to its CIA counterparts that "Hey dont pay any attention to the hoopla Were all professionals Lets forget about this and keep working together" I have seen this phenomenon before when I was on the inside at the CIA for all those years Like in the 1980s when CIA was covertly arming the Contras in Nicaragua to the publicly expressed consternation but private encouragement and sometimes secret support of US allies around the world Or in the early post-9/11 years when leading politicians in many of the same countries took to the public airwaves to assail CIA terrorist interrogation techniques like waterboarding as illegal and barbaric while at the same the spy organizations under their jurisdiction were quietly imploring the Agency to ignore the noise and keep the river of intelligence derived from those techniques flowing in their direction Sure this all sounds cynical but spies often have to have to maintain a healthy level of cynicism to do their jobs So no one should blame our friends in Berlin for behaving the way they have After all it was my former employer that apparently violated one of the most cynical but enduring tenets in the espionage business: dont get caught John Rizzo had a decorated career at the CIA culminating with seven years as the Agencys chief legal officer Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA is his first book Contact us at editors@timecomDuring Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony Tuesday Sen Ted Cruz of Texas asked Zuckerberg about Palmer Luckey a controversial former Facebook employee Here’s a transcript of the exchange: Ted Cruz: “As CEO have you ever made hiring or firing decisions based on political positions or what candidates [employees] supported” Mark Zuckerberg: “No” Cruz: “Why was Palmer Luckey fired” Zuckerberg: “That is a specific personnel matter that seems like it would be inappropriate to speak to here” Cruz: “You just made a specific representation that you didn’t make decisions based on political views Is that accurate” Zuckerberg: “I can commit that it was not because of a political view” Who is Palmer Luckey Luckey 25 was the founder of Oculus VR a virtual reality company best known for its Oculus Rift headsets Luckey became a Facebook employee in 2014 when Facebook acquired Oculus VR in a $3 billion deal However Luckey and Facebook parted ways last year after it was revealed that he was quietly funding efforts attacking Hillary Clinton and supporting Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election Luckey was also reportedly posting anti-Clinton messages on the social media site Reddit under a pseudonym Neither Luckey nor Facebook publicly gave a reason for Luckey’s departure Facebook has continued to develop Oculus VR’s technology as part of its virtual reality initiatives Cruz a staunch conservative brought up Palmer Luckey while questioning Zuckerberg about Facebook’s political views Facebook considers itself politically neutral and works with politicians on both sides of the aisle But the company has been criticized by conservatives for a perceived bias particularly after it appeared to be suppressing right-leaning news outlets from its “Trending” section That was among several political controversies that has engulfed Facebook over the past few months and years including Russian electoral interference and the Cambridge Analytica scandal the latter of which landed Zuckerberg in the hot seat this week Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alexfitzpatrick@timecom Critics in both countries publicly fret that a crucial bilateral relationship may have suffered lasting harm. people can feel a certain kinship with our brand. 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A vehicle damage estimate was not available.C. argue on CNN that the public deserved to see the memo and that some of the FBI agents involved in the probe had displayed an anti-Trump bias in text messages a White House official saidAfter the State of the Union address Tuesday night Trump inadvertently revealed his mind-set when he was caught on tape speaking with a GOP lawmaker who had asked him to "release the memo""Don’t worry 100 percent" Trump said with an affirmative wave of his handStill White House aides were determined to show they were following an official process in reviewing whether to object to the House’s decision to release the memo which they knew would face intense scrutiny from Democrats and opposition from within the FBIElsewhere in the administration serious reservations persistedIntelligence and law enforcement officials repeatedly spoke with Kelly to argue against the memo’s release administration officials said Kelly met Monday afternoon with FBI Director Christopher A Wray and Rosenstein who argued against the release saying the memo could expose classified information and was an inaccurate depiction of the bureau’s investigative methodsBut Kelly was not swayedLater that night Wray again called Kelly to argue in favor of keeping the memo private but was unsuccessful these officials saidOn Tuesday five FBI officials including at least one from counterintelligence went to the White House to discuss their concerns with Kelly a White House official saidDirector of National Intelligence Daniel Coats also met with Kelly at the White House this week to express his reservations one US official saidThe discussions between Kelly and national security officials largely focused on the need to protect sources and methods of intelligence gathering as well as concerns about setting a dangerous precedent a White House official saidRep Adam Schiff of California the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee has been highly critical of Nunes’s actions and said Thursday he worried that the memo’s release would give Trump political cover to stymie the Russia probe"The president is looking for a reason to fire Bob Mueller; the president is looking for a reason to fire Rod Rosenstein" Schiff said speaking at the University of Pennsylvania "The White House knows it would face a firestorm if it fired Bob Mueller What’s more effective is to fire Bob Mueller’s boss Now why is that more effective Rod Rosenstein decides the scope of Bob Mueller’s investigation"The White House recognized the potential for political pitfalls Aides wanted Congress to have full ownership of the memo in case it turned out to be in the anxious prediction of one White House official "a dud" So the president’s advisers made a decision to create at least the perception of distance between the White House and the House Intelligence Committee leaving the public cheerleading for the memo’s release largely to Republican lawmakersVice President Mike Pence and some members of his team agreed with the president arguing internally for the memo’s release said two people familiar with the conversations Pence hinted at his view in an interview Wednesday with Politico"I’ve always believed in the public’s right to know and I stand by that principle" Pence said "But we’ll respect whatever decision the president makes concerning that memo"Trump’s allies in Congress also are influential in the processIn the Jan 18 call when two House conservatives – Rep Jim Jordan R-Ohio and Meadows – first raised the subject of declassifying the Nunes memo Trump was unfamiliar with the topic and more focused on trying to stave off a government shutdownBut Kelly later called Meadows back to ask more about the memo and they discussed the role the president might play in its release according to two people familiar with the conversationBy that Monday Jan 22 staff had briefed the president on the arcane declassification process which the House had never before used If the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the memo as it ultimately did Monday Trump would have five days to review the document and raise any objections about its release aides told the presidentAs part of a process administration attorneys and national security staff on Monday began consulting with intelligence and other agencies to hear their concerns before making a recommendation to the presidentOver the past two weeks a number of senior administration officials had repeatedly urged against the memo’s release – and argued that if Trump did authorize it he should at least order certain redactions to protect the intelligence community’s sources and methodsOn Thursday however the White House prepared to authorize the release of the memo in its entirety"The president is OK with it" a senior administration official told reporters traveling with Trump in West Virginia "I doubt there will be any redactions It’s in Congress’s hands after that"Author information:Ashley Parker is a White House reporter for The Washington Post?9 billion. 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