The U.S. intelligence community holds an institutional bias toward the Democratic Party, and this has grown under President Donald Trump, according to former CIA analyst John Gentry.
Gentry, who is now a Professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, wrote in an article for the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence that former senior intelligence leaders, including CIA Director John Brenan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, had broken traditionally held prohibitions by publicly discussing liberal political views and criticizing Trump.
"The attacks on Trump were unprecedented for intelligence officers in their substance, tone, and volume," he wrote. "Critics went far beyond trying to correct Trump's misstatements about U.S. intelligence; they attacked him as a human being."
"In the past, intelligence officials usually bit their tongues when presidents criticized their work, recognizing that they sometimes make mistakes, that they work for presidents in an unequal relationship, that their job is to help all administrations succeed and even on occasion to be scapegoats for political leaders' failed policies," Gentry said. "That said, some intelligence officers have long leaked information to the press."
Although he does not say intelligence officials have produced biased reports, Gentry does suspect "bias may have crept into CIA analyses."
He concludes, "a considerable body of evidence, much of it fragmentary, indicates that many CIA people have left-leaning political preferences, but less evidence shows that political bias influences CIA analyses."
The CIA did not respond to The Washington Free Beacon's request for comment on the article.
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