Wikileaks yesterday threatened to release sensitive and classified emails used by former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) boss John Brennan, and the non-governmental emails were used for intelligence-related projects that might raise eyebrows in several instances.
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Wikileaks said it will be releasing the content of the emails periodically over the coming days, and an insight of what to see in the said emails would be highlighted in this piece shortly.
John Brennan assumed the position of Director of the CIA on March, 2013 by replacing General David Petraeus who left office following a scandal involving improper handling of classified information. Brennan became Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism when President Barack Obama came into office in 2009, until he was assigned to the leadership of the CIA.
CIA documents reveal Brennan started working for the agency in 1980 and left in 2005 – a 25-year stretch.
After he left the CIA, Brennan founded The Analysis Corporation (TAC), an intelligenc and analysis firm. Brennan donated to Obama when he ran for presidency in 2008, and was appointed a security advisor to Obama during his campaigns before taking up the same role for the Obama-Biden Transition Project a year later. This was when the Obama government developed key policies about Iran, China, and “Af-Pak” and this subsequently saw Brennan being appointed to high-level national security assignments.
The Wikileaks contain documents on Brennan signed by himself when he assumed the leadership of CIA and detailing his career and appointments through the years. A fax seeming to establish a disagreement between Brennan’s TAC and the CIA over a lost tender for watch-list related software.
Wikileaks also made available an intel position paper about inter-agency cooperation and a proposal to extend the term of the CIA director and that of the National Intelligence to 10 years, among other calls for autonomy in running intelligence agencies.
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Meanwhile, the released documents highlighted recommendations on how the president should handle US-Iranian relations; while others had to do with torture and interrogations techniques and limitations as offered by Christopher Bond, Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in a letter written to other board members.