Saturday, March 11, 2017
Do U.S. Spies Live In fear On What President Trump May Tweet Next?
Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast: U.S. Spies Live in Fear of Trump’s Next Tweet
Washington’s national security professionals are bracing for the president’s next Twitter storm, and frantically subscribing to @realDonaldTrump alerts so they can manage the fallout from his latest rage tweets.
As Friday evening draws to a close around Washington, D.C., the city’s tight-knit and secretive national security clan goes to sleep with a new unease. It’s not Syria or Iran or even North Korea they’re most worried about. They’re uncertain just what President Donald Trump may tweet in the wee hours before they wake, and what they’ll have to do to manage the fallout.
“It’s accurate that we don’t always know what’s coming,” one senior U.S. official said with a shrug, as the weekend approached. “We are making sure we are following the president’s tweets because it’s often the first place we hear things.”
In a community that once shunned social media for fear it would damage careers or threaten security clearances, spooks, spies, and special operators are now are signing up for Twitter accounts and setting up @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS alerts so they can find out the inner thinking of their commander in chief, and protect their own bosses from fallout.
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WNU Editor: I can understand why the intel community wants everything to be calm and normal .... as human beings we like (and want) that. But considering the numerous intel failures that the U.S. has had to endure since 9/11 .... and how politicised they have become in the process .... maybe they do need some shaking-up .... and big time.