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Trump wants the CIA to cooperate with Russia. We tried that. it was a disaster.

  • July 15, 2020

Nevertheless, in the days following the attacks, Moscow hosted a high-level intelligence summit, and CIA officials began to share insights from the agency’s experiences around the world with our counterparts there. Before long, however, the Kremlin turned every request into a focus on Russian domestic terrorism, leading those engaged with the Russians on the counterterrorism exchange to label the program as the “Global War on Chechen terrorism.” Worse than the failure to share insights, the Russian intelligence service used the pretext of counterterrorism cooperation to undermine U.S. relationships with other services around the world, even sharing the identities of CIA officers with hostile countries. Despite the sharing of intelligence, the Russian services treated their CIA counterparts as adversaries rather than partners.

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