NYT: Whistleblower Is CIA Officer Who Was Detailed To White House

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump steps off of Marine One as he arrives at the White House after attending the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Earlier... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump steps off of Marine One as he arrives at the White House after attending the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Earlier today the Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House Intelligence Committee about a whistleblower complaint reportedly based on U.S. President Donald Trump pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate leading Democrats as “a favor” to him during a recent phone conversation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

The individual who filed a whistleblower complaint with the intelligence community’s inspector general last month is a CIA officer who was at one point detailed to the White House, The New York Times reported Thursday citing three unnamed people familiar with his identity.

The whistleblower has since returned to the CIA, the paper reported.

The complaint focused on events surrounding a call between Trump and Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. The complaint alleged that the White House subsequently sought to suppress records of the call, and has prompted the House to launch an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Little else is known of the whistleblower’s identity, the Times reported.

Trump has relentlessly attacked the anonymous complainant for his actions, reportedly telling a roomful of diplomats on Thursday that the whistleblower was “a spy” and adding that “in the old days, when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little different than we do now.”

Andrew Bakaj, a lawyer for the whistleblower, refused to confirm the Times’ reporting and told the paper: “Any decision to report any perceived identifying information of the whistle-blower is deeply concerning and reckless, as it can place the individual in harm’s way. The whistle-blower has a right to anonymity.”

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. Much like the FBI the CIA has always been a haven for lefties…

  2. “Any decision to report any perceived identifying information of the whistle-blower is deeply concerning and reckless, as it can place the individual in harm’s way. The whistle-blower has a right to anonymity.””

    Yes

  3. Avatar for erik_t erik_t says:

    One could make the argument the American people have a right to know the identity of the whistleblower eventually. I think it’s very hard to make the argument that we have a right (or a need) to know that identity today.

  4. Exactly.

    Don’t need it today.

    How many decades lapsed, before we knew the identity of ‘Deep Throat’ in the Nixon years?

    ETA: Just checked, it was 31 years after Nixon resigned that we found out Mark Felt, former FBI Associate director was “Deep Throat”.

  5. This.

    But, then again, that’s likely the goal of some who wish to out him or her.

    Aiding and abetting that goal – intentionally or otherwise – is not responsible journalism.

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

307 more replies

Participants

Avatar for xpurg8d Avatar for austin_dave Avatar for cmbudinger Avatar for srfromgr Avatar for clemmers Avatar for cervantes Avatar for steviedee111 Avatar for squirreltown Avatar for irasdad Avatar for rick Avatar for sniffit Avatar for daveyjones64 Avatar for ralph_vonholst Avatar for 26degreesrising Avatar for lastroth Avatar for leftcoaster Avatar for darrtown Avatar for hornblower Avatar for tena Avatar for jinnj Avatar for brian512 Avatar for justruss Avatar for godwit Avatar for rucleare

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: