Friday, June 2, 2017

The CIA's 'Dark Prince' Is Now Responsible For The Iran Desk

New York Times: C.I.A. Names New Iran Chief in a Sign of Trump’s Hard Line

WASHINGTON — He is known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike campaign that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians.

Now the official, Michael D’Andrea, has a new job. He is running the C.I.A.’s Iran operations, according to current and former intelligence officials, an appointment that is the first major sign that the Trump administration is invoking the hard line the president took against Iran during his campaign.

Mr. D’Andrea’s new role is one of a number of moves inside the spy agency that signal a more muscular approach to espionage and covert operations under the leadership of Mike Pompeo, the conservative Republican and former congressman, the officials said. The agency also recently named a new chief of counterterrorism, who has begun pushing for greater latitude to strike militants.

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WNU Editor: This is not going unnoticed in the Middle East.

1 comment:

James said...

Though this guys name was published by the Times before, it was as his public capacity as drone overseer in the AfPak area for the prior administration. Now the Times cites itself as the paper which gives it permission to out this guy now when in their own words he was undercover.