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CIA directors past and present spar over President Trump's tweets

CIA directors past and present spar over President Trump's tweets

President Trump’s provocative use of social media — including his recent retweeting of three anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British fringe group — could put lives at risk, according to one former CIA director. The agency’s current director, meanwhile, countered that Trump’s tweets have helped uncover useful information for the U.S.

Such were the views expressed Saturday by Leon Panetta, former CIA head and secretary of Defense in the Obama administration, and Trump’s pick to lead the agency, Mike Pompeo.

Panetta and Pompeo were among scores of experts sharing...

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