If you don’t recall, there was a famous moment when US National Intelligence Chief James Clapper was testifying about the NSA surveillance of Americans when he slipped a sign that he was not being truthful.
Clapper later said he just “misspoke”…
“Not Wittingly” – James Clapper.
Here is the video below where he parses words in his testimony:
Clapper took over in 2010 where he headed up 17 different intelligence agencies. His tenure was marked by the Edward Snowden leaks on US intelligence.
He has always said he would resign at the end of Obama’s presidency, but we are wondering if he is jumping before Trump appointees arrive. Clapper and Gen. Mike Flynn have a history that is far from perfect.
General Flynn’s Op-ed addressing his relationship with Clapper gives us a clue:
Two years ago, I was called into a meeting with the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and the director of national intelligence, and after some “niceties,” I was told by he USDI that I was being let go from DIA. It was definitely an uncomfortable moment (I suspect more for them than me).
I asked the DNI (Gen. James Clapper) if my leadership of the agency was in question and he said it was not; had it been, he said, they would have relieved me on the spot.
I knew then it had more to do with the stand I took on radical Islamism and the expansion of al Qaeda and its associated movements. I felt the intel system was way too politicized, especially in the Defense Department. After being fired, I left the meeting thinking, “Here we are in the middle of a war, I had a significant amount of combat experience (nearly five years) against this determined enemy on the battlefield and served at senior levels, and here it was, the bureaucracy was letting me go.” Amazing