Former Agent Reveals CIA Politicization

John Gentry, a professor at Georgetown University and a former CIA operative from 1978 to 1990, said in an interview that the Obama administration politicized the CIA on a massive scale.

Gentry’s latest book explains how the intelligence service shifted to the left after recruiting Democratic activists. Originally established to serve as an impartial agency for both the Republican and Democratic administrations, the CIA’s politicization first came to light in the 1990s.

“Neutering the CIA: Why U.S. Intelligence Versus Trump Has Long-Term Consequences,” – by John Gentry.

According to Gentry, Robert Gates, a CIA analyst and then the defense secretary for Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, started politicizing the agency in the 1990s. He added that Gates manipulated agency reports to fit the political narratives of elected politicians.

According to the ex-CIA agent, Obama’s political agenda was the driving force behind significant agency reforms implemented by the Obama administration.

Adopting the now-discredited Christopher Steele dossier during the 2016 election was the most glaring illustration of this change.

An adjunct professor at Georgetown University and former intelligence official for both the executive and legislative branches, John Gentry, concurs that the politicization of the CIA and the intelligence community has been an issue that continues to endanger American security.

According to Gentry, a 12-year veteran of the agency who now teaches at Missouri State University’s School of Defense and Strategic Studies, what has transpired since 2016 has been significantly more detrimental to the agency’s function and objective. Additionally, the author has experience working with intelligence and special operations groups as a former officer from the Army Reserve.

Gentry calls the CIA a “hub of partisan political activity.” This political change, he says, was most apparent during the 2016 election, when the now-discredited Christopher Steele dossier was widely used.