A dozen former top-ranking US intelligence officers, including six former CIA directors, signed a letter against Donald Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. The authors of the open letter condemned Trump’s decision ” ill-considered and unprecedented.”
The letter also says that “the president’s actions have nothing to do” with security issues and is an attempt against free speech. The authors of the letter are convinced that President Trump was guided by political reasons rather than national state interests. William McRain, who led the operation against Osama bin Laden, accused Trump of “humiliating” the United States before the international community and splitting American society. He described Brennan as “an enormously talented, capable, and patriotic individual.”
Among the signatories are retired Gen. David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, as well as former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and five former deputy heads of the CIA.
At the end of July it was reported that in addition to Brennan Trump intends to revoke clearance from several other senior officials from Barack Obama’s administration, in particular, the former head of the FBI, James Comey, former director of the National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA head Michael Hayden, former Obama’s National Security Assistant Susan Rice and former CIA deputy director Andrew McCabe. All of them are known for their criticism of Trump.