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Intelligence agencies and value of silence

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By Arthur I. Cyr

Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) has been withdrawn as White House nominee to be Director of National Intelligence, and that is in the nation's interest. His main qualification was aggressively badgering Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the media stage, which is no serious qualification at all.

Intelligence work demands discretion along with skill. Silence is essential, can be golden, and clearly is especially hard to find in today's tweet-happy Washington D.C.

Regarding media visibility, after the 2016 elections the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA (National Security Agency) and the Director of National Intelligence launched a public relations offensive highlighting how Russia, including President Vladimir Putin, meddled in the 2016 elections, including hacking Clinton's campaign email.

With great fanfare, they met with President-elect Donald Trump to present evidence behind the conclusions. With equal hype, the top spooks testified before the U.S. Senate Intelligence........

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