On Tuesday a former CIA analyst and spokesman for the National Security Council has decided to resign. His name is Edward Price and he has worked at the CIA for 15 years but after what he has observed from the Trump Administration he is leaving. Price worked under the Bush and Obama Administrations.
Price said he didn’t think anything would get him to leave the CIA but when the President reorganized the National Security Council he had enough. Price had worked on the National Security Council since 2014.
The directive didn’t include a seat for the CIA director and the director of national intelligence on the Principals Committee — but added Stephen Bannon, former Breitbart news executive and current White House chief strategist, as a regular attendee of the Principals Committee and the National Security Council
“The public outcry led the administration to reverse course and name the CIA director an NSC principal, but the White House’s inclination was clear,” Price wrote in the Feb. 20 article. “It has little need for intelligence professionals who, in speaking truth to power, might challenge the so-called ‘America First’ orthodoxy that sees Russia as an ally and Australia as a punching bag.”
Price stated deciding to leave wasn’t easy because he knew how important his work was knowing what he did influence the decisions of Presidents. The appointment to Bannon to the Security Council was what Price said pushed him over the edge to leave the agency.
Also, Price mentioned his disappointment in President Trump after his visit to Langley. Price wrote:
The speech was not what I or my colleagues had hoped to hear.
“I couldn’t help but reflect on the stark contrast between the bombast of the new president and the quiet dedication of a mentor — a courageous, dedicated professional — who is memorialized on that wall. I know others at CIA felt similarly,”
“What intelligence professionals want most is to know that the fruits of their labor — sometimes at the risk of life or limb — are accorded due deference in the policymaking process,” Price wrote. “Until that happens, President Trump and his team are doing another disservice to these dedicated men and women and the nation they proudly, if quietly, serve.”
Price is sending a warning to the American people that what he is doing is a disservice to the intel the CIA collects. He also warns us to pay attention to the “cronies” Trump has installed. However, after reading the grievances listed by Mr. Price they seem eerily similar to the information leaked to the press last week. Fed up Agent? Or CIA leak? You decide.
Source: NBC News