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NY Times: Whistleblower Is CIA Officer Who Worked at WH

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By    |   Thursday, 26 September 2019 03:01 PM

The whistleblower behind the complaint against President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian telephone call is a CIA officer who once worked at the White House but is now back at the agency, according to a published report Thursday.

"Little else is known about him," The New York Times disclosed, citing "three people familiar with his identity."

But lawyers for the whistleblower refused to confirm his identity, telling the newspaper that doing so would be dangerous.

"Any decision to report any perceived identifying information of the whistleblower is deeply concerning and reckless, as it can place the individual in harm's way," lead counsel Andrew Bakaj said. "The whistleblower has a right to anonymity."

A CIA spokesman declined to comment.

In his testimony on the complaint Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire said he did not know the whistleblower's identity.

"We must protect those who demonstrate the courage to report alleged wrongdoing, whether on the battlefield or in the workplace," he told legislators.

A DNI spokeswoman told the Times that protecting the whistleblower was the agency's highest priority.

Maguire released the complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees Wednesday, making redacted declassified versions available before his congressional testimony.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that six committees in the Democratic-controlled chamber would investigate President Trump for impeachment regarding the July 25 telephone call.

Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet justified publishing details on the whistleblower.

"The role of the whistleblower, including his credibility and his place in the government," Baquet said, "is essential to understanding one of the most important issues facing the country — whether the president of the United States abused power and whether the White House covered it up."

According to the report, the whistleblower's complaint "suggested he was an analyst by training and made clear he was steeped in details of American foreign policy toward Europe, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of Ukrainian politics and at least some knowledge of the law."

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According to a published report Thursday, the whistleblower behind the complaint against President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian telephone call is a CIA officer who once worked at the White House but is now back at the agency.
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