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Jennifer Rubin
President Trump’s belly-flop on health care may be a single, albeit humiliating defeat, or, Democrats certainly hope, the beginning of a series of catastrophic failures that render him isolated and enfeebled. As former CIA director for President Obama and chief of staff for President Bill Clinton Leon Panetta put it in an NPR interview, “The last thing you want is another loss that makes it that much tougher to be able to govern.” Unfortunately, Trump faces a series of challenges over the next several months and the potential for more losses.
NEW Mar 28 2017
John Brennan, Donald J. Trump, Sean Spicer and Leon E. Panetta, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about CIA. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 146 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 263 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from John Brennan is: “There are many dangers. I think the world is watching now what Mr Trump says, and listening very carefully. If he doesn't have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies, as well as our adversaries?”.
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Andrew Napolitano

He "reported what the sources told me, reported it accurately and I do believe the substance of what they told me. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice.

Jennifer Rubin

1. “The last thing that we should be doing is cutting the budget for biomedical research.”.

Rand Paul

I spent nine and a half years as an undercover officer. I was the dude in the back alleys at 4 in the morning collecting intelligence to protect our homeland. … The men and the women in the CIA, they do their job regardless of who is in the White House. Same for NSA. Same for FBI. These men and women are putting themselves in harm's way.

Devin Nunes

That is very possible, and we don't have the answers to those questions yet. We had a deadline of Friday for the NSA, FBI and CIA to get us those names that were unmasked through the FISA system. We didn't get those names on Friday, and until we get those names, we can't rule this out.

Sean Spicer

Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice - he used GCHQ.

Sean Spicer

He's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on it. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice - he used GCHQ.

Andrew Napolitano

Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use the Department of Justice.

James Lankford

There are some theories out there that this is what's called incidental collection, where there's collection of a foreign individual who calls into the United States, and they happen to gather up U.S. persons on that, as well. But there are even some problems even in that theory. If there's incidental collection, you have to minimize Americans that are in it, to make sure the U.S. citizens are protected in their rights. They feel very strongly they have some of this information. Obviously, it's going to come from the FBI and from the CIA.

Jennifer Rubin

Wednesday was arguably the worst day of the Trump presidency - at least since he went to the CIA headquarters to insist his inauguration crowd was bigger than President Obama’s. His second Muslim travel ban was put on hold by another federal judge. His health-care bill is taking on water. In his Michigan appearance he did not even mention it. In Tennessee he seemed intent on getting it behind him. (The Post reported, “Though health-care reform was a major promise of his campaign and a signature pillar of the Republican Party’s platform for most of the last seven years, Trump made it clear Wednesday that he would much rather be dealing with the tax code than with health care, which he recently said ‘nobody knew’ could be so ‘complicated.'”).

Tim Shorrock

When WikiLeaks released more than 8,000 files about the CIA’s global hacking programs this month, it dropped a tantalizing clue: The leak came from private contractors. Federal investigators quickly confirmed this, calling contractors the likeliest sources. As a result of the breach, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange said, the CIA had “lost control of its entire [].

Avivah Litan - Gartner

We are in a cyberwar and our government hasn't woken up and done anything about it. The CIA can't even protect against some of these guys, so my sympathies are with Yahoo. I don't know how good Yahoo's security was, but it is really hard to detect these nation-state hackers.

Nathan White

The NSA leaks were shocking because they revealed mass surveillance that impacted all of us. We're not seeing that here – at least not yet.

Stuart Madnick

How dangerous is it to you if the vulnerabilities persist, or how valuable are the vulnerabilities if the CIA can use them? We need to decide as a nation.

James Lewis

The insider story has some odd bits: this sort of information is supposed to be compartmentalized, meaning that one person shouldn't have access to all of it. The agency has extensive new safeguard to detect such a leak after the Snowden incident.

Andrew Komarov

It is professionally written, which may demonstrate a pretty serious level of malware development.

Vladimir Rusev

The CIA is trying to undermine Trump. They want to destroy him. We offer our support to him.

Anthony Glees

What people in that world always say is the Americans have the money, but it's the British that have the brains.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out. They place a lot of emphasis on the fact that the CIA could be using malware to achieve its ends and leave trails that point to people in different directions. Everybody does this, but it's not going to genuinely undermine proper attribution.

Ryan Kalember - Proofpoint

It seems like the CIA was doing the same stuff cybersecurity researchers do, which is compile lists of vulnerabilities and try to figure out which ones are being exploited in the wild and which ones could be.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks discovered the material as a result of it being passed around a number of different members of the U.S. intelligence community, out of control, in an unauthorized fashion. It looks like not only is that material being spread around contractors and former American computer hackers for hire, but now may be in the black market.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We have decided to work with them to give them some exclusive access to additional technical details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out so people can be secure.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have, so that fixes can be developed and pushed out.

Robert Cattanach - Department of Justice

They don't want to be seen as endorsing or supporting an organization with a tainted reputation and an unclear agenda.

Adam Klein - Center for a New American Security

If WikiLeaks were really concerned about user security, they could've handed these vulnerabilities over to vendors immediately upon receiving this archive. But we know they've had it for some time and haven't done so.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

I think a number of companies will welcome this gesture and work hard to develop updates or at least mitigations that may make some of these flaws harder to exploit. If WikiLeaks gives you a gift, you probably want to be careful with it!

Sean Spicer

And make no mistake about it I think the president has talked before that anybody who leaked classified information will be held to the highest degree of law. We will go after people who leak classified information. we'll prosecute them to the full extent of the law. This is playing with our nation's national security is not something that should be taken lightly under this administration.

Heather Fritz Horniak

As we've said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity. Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries.

Heather Adkins - Google

As we've reviewed the documents, we're confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities.

Sean Spicer

Make no mistake about it, I think the president has talked before, that anybody who leaked classified information will be held to the highest degree of law. We will go after people who leak classified information. we'll prosecute them to the full extent of the law. This is playing with our nation's national security is not something that should be taken lightly under this administration.

Michael Costello - Cisco Systems

Between the time that we notified them and the release date, it was approximately one line of code per week.

Ewen MacAskill

The reporting of the latest Wikileaks material shows the media have now grasped the surveillance threat. But tougher official oversight is what’s really needed. A glance at Wednesday’s newspaper headlines about the hacking capabilities of security services in Britain and the US would have cheered privacy advocates. “Spy in your TV” was the splash in the Sun. The Mirror, also on the front page, had “MI5 bugging smart TVs”. The Times, again on the front, had: “Thousands of CIA spy files posted on internet: British intelligence helped hack TVs and phones”. And the Mail: “How our spooks helped the CIA create ‘spy TVs’”.

Daniel Prieto

This is the double-edged sword of the digitization of everything. Think back to the James Bond movies with a guy in the backroom with a camera that looks like a cigarette lighter taking 20 pictures of a weapons design system. Nowadays, one thumb drive can contain hundreds of thousands of pages.

Varun Badhwar

Yes, I think anything connected to the internet is hackable, is something that can be compromised and ultimately you've got to be mindful of where you want your devices placed inside of your homes, offices and across your personal life.

Will Donaldson

They're tapping into cars. They're tapping into home TVs. They're tapping into every device that you would carry that has a battery in it basically. Because of that, it's so prevalent. There's just so many holes. We're just getting started looking at them. I think Samsung was one of them that they listed, that they could turn it on remotely but it wouldn't put the power light on. So anybody in that room would then be discussing or talking and being monitored without their knowledge or consent.

Chris Wysopal - Veracode

The clear move is to notify vendors. If WikiLeaks has this data then it's likely others have this data, too. The binaries and source code that contain zero days should be shared with people who build detection and signatures for a living.

Avivah Litan - Gartner

Basically the 'Internet of things' is vulnerable and has been deployed without thinking of security first.

Avivah Litan - Gartner

We don't know about the CIA role, but we do know anything with a chip in it that is connected to the Internet is vulnerable to hacking.

Andy Yen - Central Intelligence Agency

The exploitation of user endpoints (mobile phones, personal computers, etc) is actually not a new technique, but one that has existed since the first malware was created. This unfortunately is not something that cryptography is designed to defend against, as encryption by itself cannot guarantee the security of end-user devices.

Andy Yen - Central Intelligence Agency

The core cryptographic algorithms and techniques used by ProtonMail and other encrypted services remain secure.

Christine Levinson

We believe people can survive for ten years under any circumstances. In the worst places, people survive. We know Bob is alive.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Of course, if it becomes clear what his goal was, or if he was indeed on a mission, then perhaps specific assistance can be given.

Christine Levinson

Iran is responsible for Bob. They know where he is and what happened to him. They've had him for 10 years. And we need the United States government to meet with them and find out what's necessary to get Bob home. I'm hoping that the Trump administration will be able to do that.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber 'weapons'. Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such 'weapons', which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber 'weapons,' . Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such 'weapons,' which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade. But the significance of 'Year Zero' [the first part of the release] goes well beyond the choice between cyberwar and cyberpeace. The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective.

Christine Levinson

We believe people can survive 10 years under any circumstances. In the worst places, people survive. We know Bob is alive. Everyone else has gotten out of Iran, but Bob has been left behind every single time. It's now time for him to be returned home to his family.

Dan Levinson

I'm not as worried about his health. I understand people thinking it being over 10 years and fearing the worst, but we don't believe that.

Avivah Litan - Gartner

We don't know about the CIA role, but we do know anything with a chip in it that is connected to the Internet is vulnerable to hacking. Basically the 'Internet of things' is vulnerable and has been deployed without thinking of security first.

Andrew Marshello

Today's leaks definitely concern me, but at this point I have accepted that security risks are an inherent part of our modern technology. Since that tech is so integrated into our society, it's hard to take the reasonable step – cutting out smart devices, messaging apps, etc. – without sacrificing a part of social life.

Matt Holden

At this point, I am so used to reading stories about accounts getting hacked that it is to be expected. So long as I conduct myself in a way that would mean I have nothing to hide, then I'm not worried about the government taking a look.

Roger Lanctot - Strategy Analytics

You have a lot of car companies trying to design cars to be better suited to automation, which means they're more attractive to hackers.

Nicholas Weaver

By doing this dump in such detail, whoever has released this data has basically given the CIA a road map about how to find this data was taken in the first place because now they know where it was taken from and what time it was taken - probably the single day if not hour and that leads you to how it got taken and who took it.

Sinan Eren - Avast Software

We can prevent attacks in real time if we were given the hooks into the mobile operating system. If we can drive a paradigm shift where mobile platforms don't shut off access, we'll be better able to detect when hackers are hiding in a mobile (phone).

Ross Schulman

Congress ought to pass a law saying that something like the [Vulnerabilities Equities Process] ought to exist.

Rob Knake

The idea that there's an operational need for the CIA to target Apple and Google overseas shouldn't surprise anybody, given the pervasiveness of the Android and iPhone. The policy is not unilateral disarmament of the United States.

Edward Snowden

The CIA reports show the USG [U.S. government] developing vulnerabilities in U.S. products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words.

Jake Williams

There's no question that there's a fire drill going on right now. It wouldn't surprise me that there are people changing careers -- and ending careers -- as we speak. I can't fathom anyone fabricated that amount of operational security concern. It rings true to me. The only people who are having that conversation are people who are engaging in nation-state-level hacking.

Bob Ayers

The damage right now is relatively high-level. (But) the potential for really detailed damage will come in the following releases.

James Lewis

This might be one explanation for the leaks – it's data to build a case that the Russian interference and connections are a secret 'deep state' plot, as the false flag bits in WikiLeaks 'shows'. Mr Trump, who last year angrily dismissed the conclusion of intelligence officials that the Russians interfered in the presidential election to boost his candidacy, has now asked both his staff and a congressional committee investigating Moscow's influence on the election to turn up evidence that Mr Obama led an effort to spy on him.

Elvis Redzepagic

Since I got back from Turkey from trying to perform jihad and join Jabhat al-Nusra the CIA has been bothering me. It's annoying but I out smarted them.

James Woolsey

The Russians have been doing this for decades in one way or another. What's new is to use cyber in … trying to influence their neighbors' elections, including us. And that's something we shouldn't put up with. Things deteriorated. We need to get back into the business of having the world's best military that not only is good but functions smoothly and is innovative and all of that means some added resources. You can see it in the people he selected for senior jobs, you can see from the commitment to the defense budget, the attention he pays to the military.

James Woolsey

That would make the Russians very unhappy and I think probably a lot more willing to be decent.

Sabrina de Sousa

It is incredible. I'm happy with how this worked out here after two years of having this troubling my mind. But this is not over yet, as I still have the process in Italy, and we have to see how it goes in the next few days.

Mark Toner

We are deeply disappointed in her conviction and sentence. This is a matter that U.S. officials have been following closely. We have asked our European counterparts what their next steps may be, but we are not in a position to detail those discussions.

Donald J. Trump

And I know maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you've wanted, and you're going to get so much backing. Maybe you're going to say, Please don't give us so much backing.

Edward Price

The public outcry led the administration to reverse course and name the CIA director an NSC principal, but the White House's inclination was clear. It has little need for intelligence professionals who, in speaking truth to power, might challenge the so-called 'America First' orthodoxy that sees Russia as an ally and Australia as a punching bag. I couldn't help but reflect on the stark contrast between the bombast of the new president and the quiet dedication of a mentor – a courageous, dedicated professional – who is memorialized on that wall. I know others at CIA felt similarly.

Edward Price

What intelligence professionals want most is to know that the fruits of their labor – sometimes at the risk of life or limb – are accorded due deference in the policymaking process. Until that happens, President Trump and his team are doing another disservice to these dedicated men and women and the nation they proudly, if quietly, serve.

Edward Price

Whether delusional or deceitful, these were not the remarks many of my former colleagues and I wanted to hear from our new commander in chief. I couldn't help but reflect on the stark contrast between the bombast of the new president and the quiet dedication of a mentor – a courageous, dedicated professional – who is memorialized on that wall. I know others at CIA felt similarly.

Edward Price

Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional. Trump's actions in office have been even more disturbing. His visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, an overture designed to repair relations, was undone by his ego and bluster.

Leon E. Panetta

The most important thing you can do to stop leaks is to establish loyalty between the people that are working for you and the president of the United States. If you establish that sense of loyalty then he won't have to worry about leaks. In my experience, I have never had intelligence officers who have a responsibility to provide full information to the president and to other leaders in the country ever withhold a piece of intelligence.

Leon E. Panetta

Obviously, it's not a good situation. Because there is a lack of trust between the president and the intelligence community, and between the intelligence community and the president. And, you know, every time he demeans the intelligence community or accuses it of leaks or accuses it of doing things that it's not doing, that obviously impacts on the morale of that institution. I've been involved in politics for a long time. And I've served two presidents and have worked under nine presidents. Leaks are a problem that every president has complained about.

Leon E. Panetta

Every time he demeans the intelligence community or accuses it of leaks or accuses it of doing things that it's not doing, that obviously impacts on the morale of that institution. Look, these are good people. They're not Republicans or Democrats. They're good patriots who are trying to do their job. It's a tough job. They've got to put their lives on the line in order to provide information to the president. The last thing they need is to have a president who questions their patriotism to this country and to him.

Leon E. Panetta

I have never had intelligence officers, who have a responsibility to provide full information to the president and to other leaders in the country, ever withhold a piece of intelligence. Your first responsibility is to provide the truth to the president. And if you start thinking about how the president's going to use it, what he's going to do with that information, then frankly, you'll never provide the truth to the president.

Michael O'Rourke

We know Trump would equal uncertainty. The perfect example is this Russian story and the CIA not sharing information with him. The question is: Will it unsettle markets? So far, it hasn't happened. Right now nothing unsettles markets. We haven't had a 1 percent down day since October.

Darrell West - The Brookings Institution

"You would like for the nominees to be forthcoming but many of them don't volunteer key information unless they really have to."

Saeb Erekat

We believe undermining the two-state solution is not a joke, it is a disaster and tragedy for Palestinians and the Israelis and the whole region.

Gilad Erdan

All the Cabinet ministers oppose a Palestinian state, including Netanyahu. We don't need to dictate a position to the president of the United States.

Cia Johnson

It's a surgical procedure that has complications that go with it. If the problem behavior can't be resolved, we feel declawing is better than relinquishment.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

On the issue of fighting Daesh, we – that is Turkey and Saudi Arabia – will be cooperating with the United States. We believe that the fight from now on will be more effective and that we will be able to clear both Syria and Iraq of Daesh. We told the previous administration not to rely on or trust a terror organization to fight an organization like Daesh. We said it would be a mistake but we were not able to get them to listen. The operation in Raqqa should be conducted with the right (groups) not with terror organizations.

Laura Goode

At the end of day, it's like removing the tips of their fingers. Cats use them as tools to stretch and to climb.

James Clapper

It speaks well of him for picking a seasoned veteran of the agency who is widely and deeply respected by the workforce as well as those outside the agency. She has also been a strong proponent for integration, not only within CIA, but across the intelligence community.

Sean Spicer

No American citizen will ever be targeted. I think he has been very clear that when it comes to seeking out ISIS and other terrorists that he's going to lean on [CIA] Director Pompeo, [Sec. of Defense] Gen. Mattis, and seek their opinion on stuff. And I think that will be continued.

Elaine Ramos

She brought him to a New Year's Eve party. I opened the door to him and it was the first time in my life the hairs on the back of my hand raised up. A chill came over me. I couldn't even reach out my hand to shake his hand. He was the creepiest person ever. He said he owned lots of property, that he was a self-made millionaire, that he used to be a colonel in the Army and that he worked for the CIA and if he wanted to disappear, he could disappear just like that.

Mitch McConnell

I think the director of the CIA (Mike Pompeo) has made it clear he's going to follow the law. And I believe virtually all of my members are comfortable with the state of the law on that issue now.

John Rizzo

The whole premise of the original program was that the techniques did not fit the legal definition of torture. The bad guys always claimed what we were doing was torture. Now they can claim to have the personal imprimatur of the President of the United States.

John Yoo

The broader political story is it's putting our opponents on notice that they are not going to keep punching at us and nothing is going to happen back.

Theresa May

We condemn torture and my view on that won't change – whether I am talking to you or talking to the president.

Sean Spicer

It is not a White House document. I have no idea where it came from, but it is not a White House document.

Donald J. Trump

I will rely on (CIA director Mike) Pompeo and (Defense Secretary James) Mattis and my group. And if they don't want to do it, that's fine. If they do want to do it, then I will work toward that end. I want to do everything within the bounds of what we're allowed to do if it's legal. If they don't want to do it, that's fine. Do I feel it works? Absolutely I feel it works.

Michael Flynn

If there's an American strategic advantage, it is our values. We must protect our values at all costs.

Mike Pompeo

I will consult with the experts at the Agency and at other organizations in the U.S. government on whether the Army Field Manual uniform application is an impediment to gathering vital intelligence to protect the country or whether any rewrite of the Army Field Manual is needed. If any such differences are justified, a fundamental requirement is that such differences fully comply with law, including laws governing the treatment and interrogation of individuals.

Donald J. Trump

We have to get rid of ISIS we have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism. And I said it yesterday, it has to be erradicated just off the face of the earth. This is evil, this is evil.

Donald J. Trump

I am honered [sic] to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!

Donald J. Trump

These are really special, amazing people. Very, very few people could do the job you people do and I want to just let you know that I am so behind you and I know, maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you've wanted and you're going to get so much backing. Maybe you're going to say - please don't give us so much backing.

Michael Hayden

I was heartened that the President gave a speech at CIA. It would have been even better if more of it had been about CIA.

Donald J. Trump

We had it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was – but it looked like it went all the way back to the National Monument.

Nick Shapiro

Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes. Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself.

William Browder - Heritage Capital

If the Russia policy is driven by the defense secretary, the head of the CIA, head of homeland security or various others, then Russians aren't going to get any gifts.

Donald J. Trump

@FoxNews 'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.' Oh really, couldn't do...much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?

John Brennan - Homeland Security

There are many dangers. I think the world is watching now what Mr Trump says, and listening very carefully. If he doesn't have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies, as well as our adversaries?

John Brennan - Homeland Security

Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound. It's more than just about Mr Trump. It's about the United States of America.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

What I do find outrageous is equating the intelligence community with Nazi Germany. I do take great umbrage at that, and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

I think he has to be mindful that he does not have a full appreciation and understanding of what the implications are of going down that road.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests. And so, therefore, when he speaks, when he reacts, just to make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound. Again, it's more than just about Mr. Trump, and it's about the United States of America.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

This is more than being about him, it's about the United States and national security... he's going to have the opportunity to do something for national security as opposed to talking and tweeting. Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests, so therefore, when he speaks, when he reacts, he has to make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

I don't think he has a full appreciation of Russian capabilities, Russia's intentions and actions. I think Mr. Trump has to be very disciplined in terms of what it is that he says publicly -- he is going to be, in a few days' time, the most powerful person in the world, in terms of sitting on top of the United States government and I think he has to recognize that his words do have impact.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

What I think Mr. Trump has to understand is that this is more than being about him, it's about the United States and national security... he's going to have the opportunity to do something for national security as opposed to talking and tweeting.

Donald J. Trump

I will make a long statement about NATO, talking about the fact that many countries are not paying their fair share. That means we are protecting them and they are getting all sorts of military protection and other things and they're ripping off the United States. And they're ripping you off. I don't want to do that. Either they pay up including for past deficiencies or they have to get out. And if it breaks up NATO, it breaks up NATO.

Mike Pompeo

It is a policy decision as to what to do with Russia, but it will be essential that the Agency provide policymakers with accurate intelligence and clear-eyed analysis of Russian activities.

Mike Pompeo

It's pretty clear about what took place here about Russia involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on American democracy. The Iranians are professionals at cheating. I can't imagine that I would be asked that. I am deeply aware that any changes to that will have to come through Congress… I'll always comply with the law.

James Stavridis

I think the relationships between the president-elect and the current leadership of the CIA, the NSA and indeed the director of national intelligence are irreparably broken at this point. So let's get a new director of national intelligence, let's get a new head of the CIA in place.

Jeffrey Smith

Most president-elects or presidential candidates are very suspicious to the CIA or hostile to it. Once they become president and discover that it's their CIA, the attitude changes.

George David Banks

As a former CIA analyst, I can say with complete confidence … that those leaked memos are as fake as the play money you would buy at a toy store.

Samil Tayyar

Daesh (Islamic State), the PKK and FETO are terror groups with strings linked to the same center. Along with many secret services, the most active user is the CIA.

Bryan Santiago

Four days for a guy who talked to the FBI [about] those things ... that is a serious argument, you know? He goes to the FBI saying that he [was] hearing voices, that the CIA are saying that he needs to join ISIS.

Joe Biden

For a president not to have confidence in, not to be prepared to listen to, the myriad intelligence agencies, from defense intelligence to the CIA, is absolutely mindless. Time to be an adult. You're president. You've got to do something. Show us what you have.

Jonathan Franks

Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior Advisor to President-Elect Trump or the Transition. He wishes the President-Elect and his Administration great success in their time in office.

Donald J. Trump

Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart! Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity. So true. Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and we tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory.

Rodrigo Duterte

Most of the ambassadors of the United States, but not all, are not really professional ambassadors. At the same time they are spying, they are connected with the CIA.

Rodrigo Duterte

Most of the ambassadors of the United States, but not all, are not really professional ambassadors. At the same time they are spying, they are connected with the CIA. The ambassador of a country is the number one spy. But there are ambassador of the U.S., their forte is really to undermine governments.

James Woolsey

The Obama administration has done virtually nothing to modernize [nukes], and there's a lot of modernization that needs to be done. You got to make sure your forces can't be taken out with a first strike. That takes money. That takes effort.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

Aleppo's fall, to me is not a sign that there is going to be an end to this conflict because I am convinced that many, many of those oppositionists, the ones who are trying to reclaim their country for their families, for their neighbors, for their children, will continue to fight.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

They do some things that are beyond the pale. I don't think we should resort to some of the tactics and techniques that our adversaries employ against us. I think we need to remember what we're fighting for. We're fighting for our country, our democracy, our way of life, and to engage. And the skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in, I think is beneath this country's greatness.

Kellyanne Conway

John where's the evidence? why when CIA officials were brought into a House intelligence briefing last week, did they refuse to go? Instead, they decided it was better to talk to the media, that undermines our intelligence operations.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election. The three of us also agree that our organisations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

There is strong consensus among us, on the scope, nature and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election. In recent days, I have had several conversations with members of Congress, providing an update on the status of the review as well as the considerations that need to be taken into account as we proceed.

Ron Johnson

It is disappointing that the CIA would provide information on this issue to the Washington Post and NBC but will not provide information to elected members of Congress.

Devin Nunes

The committee is vigorously looking into reports of cyber-attacks during the election campaign, and in particular we want to clarify press reports that the CIA has a new assessment that it has not shared with us. The committee is deeply concerned that intransigence in sharing intelligence with Congress can enable the manipulation of intelligence for political purposes.

Leon E. Panetta

When it comes to Russia and (the country's) interference in our last campaign, 17 intelligence agencies agreed that (it) was involved in that effort.

Donald J. Trump

If we endure another attack and the intelligence officials had indications or information regarding that attack and the president did not want to listen to that, for whatever reason, the responsibility for that attack would fall on the president.

Leon E. Panetta

I've seen presidents who have asked questions about whether that intelligence is verifiable, what are the sources for that intelligence, but I have never seen a president who said, I don't want that stuff.

John McCain

Actually, because Mr. Priebus said that, it doesn't mean it's true. We need a thorough investigation of it, whether both (Democratic and Republican organizations) were hacked into, what the Russian intentions were. We cannot draw a conclusion yet. That's why we need a thorough investigation.

Mitch McConnell

The Russians are not our friends. Let me say that I have the highest confidence in the intelligence community and especially the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA is filled with selfless patriots, many of whom anonymously risk their lives for the American people.

John Podesta

The bipartisan electors' letter raises very grave issues involving our national security. Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed. We now know that the CIA has determined Russia's interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American.

Angus King

If you provide proof, you provide a roadmap to show the Russians how we caught them, including intelligence sources and methods.

Richard Burr

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has been, and remains, concerned about Russia's actions.

John Podesta

We now know that the CIA has determined Russia's interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American. Never before in the history of our Republic have we seen such an effort to undermine the bedrock of our democracy. This is not a partisan issue and we are glad to see bipartisan support in the Congress for an investigation into Russia's role.

John McCain

It's obvious that the Russians hacked into our campaigns. But there is no information that they were intending to affect the outcome of the election, and that's why we need a congressional investigation.

Donald J. Trump

They talk about all sorts of things. We had a massive landslide victory as you know in the Electoral College. I guess the final numbers are 306, and she's down to a very low number. No, I don't believe that at all.

Donald J. Trump

I think it's ridiculous. I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it. I don't know why and I think it's just -- you know, they talked about all sorts of things. Every week it's another excuse. We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College. No I don't believe that at all.

Donald J. Trump

Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory! Unless you catch 'hackers' in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn't this brought up before election?

Devin Nunes

It appears... that after eight years the administration has suddenly awoken to the threat. Russia's cyber-attacks are no surprise to the House Intelligence Committee, which has been closely monitoring Russia's belligerence for years.

Jill Kelley

Paula Broadwell's stalking brought months of unwanted terror to my innocent family, not to mention the national security breaches she created by her anonymous emails to our most senior generals by illegally accessing General Petraeus' government emails – based on her irrational & sexist suspicions. Of course she wants to 'move on' after she ruined countless careers and reputations of the victims she stalked because her affair ended.

Paula Broadwell

It was a bit of a shocker that Petraeus was being considered for a Cabinet position.

Adam Schiff

Within the IC (intelligence community) there would be such massive resistance to this, it just isn't going to happen.

Adam Schiff

I don't think the incoming administration will have any interest in publishing the greater part of the document.

Adam Schiff

The most that we might expect this administration to do... is to designate it as some kind of a record that would ultimately lead to its availability through FOIA, subject to redaction.

Mike Pence

I think the person who will make the decision about our next secretary of state is the president-elect. And he'll factor the totality of Gen. Petraeus' career in making that decision.

Holly Sterling

We are very confident in our attorneys, we are very confident that it can be overturned.

Marita Lorenz

I knew the minute I saw the outline of Havana I couldn't do it.

Jason Miller

He'll complete that when he's ready. He's going to pick the person that he thinks will do the absolutely best job.

David Scanlan

There's no evidence that we've seen that supports claims like that. Voter fraud does occur, but it occurs in isolated instances.

Jeff Sessions

I am glad we are no longer utilizing waterboarding. I hope we never have to do it again.

John McCain

If they started waterboarding, I swear to you there's a whole bunch of us that would have them in court in a New York minute. So I don't give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do, we will not waterboard, we will not torture. We will not torture people.

Mike Pompeo

They must cite the Koran as evidence that the murder of innocents is not permitted.

Anthony D. Romero - American Civil Liberties Union

These positions and others merit serious public scrutiny through a confirmation process. His positions on mass surveillance have been rejected by federal courts and have been the subject of several lawsuits filed by the ACLU.

Marsha Blackburn

I think you look at the whole of General Flynn's background and what you see is someone who is very committed to this country, who is willing to have laid his life down for this country and for our freedoms, and I don't think that that can be discounted one bit.

James Woolsey

I think the key thing is that the three that they have selected for national security advisor, CIA, particularly those two, and Attorney General are really outstanding and able people who have done important things.

James Woolsey

The next thing we need to do is work together closely with the 30 or 40 countries in which ISIS is operating and not only take out ISIS' caliphate in Iraq and Syria but start wearing down around the world. We have to get on top of that, we have to find the terrorists before they commit terrorist attacks, and stop them and that is not easy.

Marsha Blackburn

Just as you look at problem-solving for a corporation, you do the same thing when you're looking at re-engineering a federal government that has grown far too large and has become so bureaucratic it is [incapable] of solving the problems that the citizens have.

Marsha Blackburn

I think it's less important to say, Well, this one's a Republican, this one's a Democrat, this one's for the East Coast, this one's for the West Coast.' Let's put our attention on having the skill set that's necessary to achieve the goals that Mr. Trump would like to achieve in the next couple of years.

Marsha Blackburn

What we have to do is allow [Trump] the opportunity to build out a group of individuals that he will have confidence in and that he knows are on the same thought pattern.

Adam Schiff

Mike is very bright and hard-working and will devote himself to helping the Agency develop the best possible intelligence for policy makers. While we have had our share of strong differences–principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi–I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a CIA Director.

Adam Schiff

Mike is very bright and hard-working and will devote himself to helping the agency develop the best possible intelligence for policy makers. While we have had our share of strong differences - principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi - I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a CIA director.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

Normally the Mormon state is reliably Republican, actually it's one of the most Republican states in the country. But here is this independent conservative candidate, who has emerged as a real threat to Trump. This guy Evan McMullin a Utah native, former CIA operative and investment banker is energizing the anti- Trump vote which is substantial in Utah. And if Trump loses Utah and its six electoral votes it will make his path to victory mathematically much more complicated.

Michael Moore

Physical attacks on networks is not something the U.S. wants to do because we don't want to set a precedent for other countries to do it as well, including against us. My own view is that our response shouldn't be covert – it should be overt, for everybody to see.

Sean Kanuck

If you publicly accuse someone, and don't follow it up with a responsive action, that may weaken the credible threat of your response capability.

James Stavridis

I would quote a Russian proverb, which is, Probe with bayonets. When you hit mush, proceed. When you hit steel withdraw.' I think unless we stand up to this kind of cyber attack from Russia, we'll only see more and more of it in the future.

James Stavridis

It's well known that there's great deal of offshore money moved outside of Russia from oligarchs.

Luiz Paulo Barreto

Every time that there's light at the end of the tunnel, something happens to get us in the dark again.

Peter Clement

Now I've seen he's come full range. Now I've seen much more the KGB Putin that we knew.

Peter Clement

I think his own view now is that he's done something that will mark his place in Russian history. He would also like to be the man who restored Russia's greatness and he definitely believes Russia needs to be a strong competitive military power.

Hillary Clinton

Don't be fooled, There is no other Donald Trump. What you see is what you get. He is still the same Donald Trump who makes his shirts and his ties overseas instead of in the United States. He is the same Donald Trump who refuses to pay his bills for small businesses and working people.

Al Baldasaro

As far as I'm concerned, the laws of the land on treason could be a firing squad if she's found guilty. I stand by it because treason is treason. When you take information on a service, that's a non-classified server, classified info, and you've got names of American CIA, Secret Service, ambassadors or whatever and you're sharing that out there, you're giving the enemy information.

Matt Damon

I like Idris - yeah, I think he's brilliant. I'll watch him in anything and he makes everything he's in better. He would make that franchise better.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

ISIL has lost large stretches of territory in both Syria and Iraq. Its finance and media operations have been squeezed, and it has struggled to replenish the ranks of its fighters – in part because fewer foreign fighters are now able to travel to Syria.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

Nigeria's another country where Boko Haram is now Islamic State of West Africa, where you have several thousands of individuals who are also on the march waving the ISIL banner.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

That is very concerning, particularly since Libya is right across from Europe on the Mediterranean with refugee flows that are going there.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

This is a global challenge. The number of ISIL fighters now far exceeds what al-Qaida had at its height.

Jameel Jaffer

A lot of these details haven't been released before and I think they kind of underscore the depravity of the program.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

The branch in Libya is probably the most developed and the most dangerous. We assess that it is trying to increase its influence in Africa and to plot attacks in the region and in Europe.

Ted Cruz

It is enhanced interrogation ... It does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture. he "would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use.

Donald J. Trump

The World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush. He kept us safe? That is not safe. That is not safe, Marco. That is not safe. The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton [didn't] kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him. And George Bush – by the way, George Bush had the chance, also, and he didn't listen to the advice of his CIA.

Pyotr Verzilov

We definitely don't expect a reply from the Kremlin, because the Kremlin chose to keep silent on this case and was silent since early December when this report was published; but we and everyone in Russia very much enjoyed a very artistic response that prosecutor general Chaika himself wrote via the newspaper 'Kommersant' in reply to Navalny's report, where he went on to call up all these crazy accusations by saying that the report was founded by Bill Browder (William Felix Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and critic of Vladimir Putin), controlled by the CIA.

Charles Michel

We need, and it is my personal belief, to put in place as soon as possible a European intelligence agency.

Omar al-Bashir

I said CIA and the Mossad stand behind these organisations. There is no Muslim who would carry out such acts.

Jay Carney

Tamerlan Tsarnaev did appear in our systems when he travelled, but we also know that the FBI did a thorough investigation in 2011 and did not find any terrorism activity foreign or domestic…What we learned from, in a warning from Russia, for example, and the action that sparked the FBI to look into Tamerlan Tsarnaev. All of these issues are obviously under investigation.

Dick Marty

There are those who do the dirty work abroad, but there are also those who know when they should close their eyes when that dirty work is being done.

John Sifton

So far there has been very little accountability for the abuses in Iraq, in Afghanistan, as far as abuses involving CIA renditions and secret prisons.

Dick Oosting - Amnesty International

What we say now is okay, if that is what we have, let's make the best of it! But you have at the same time to address the other issues. Two weeks ago, the European Parliament adopted this report on CIA renditions; It is a massive scandal really that this happened in Europe. An agency in fundamental rights that cannot deal with such basic human rights issues, that is a problem. So politically, the Council (Member States) needs to move on this.

Condoleezza Rice

Many are extremely dangerous, and some have information that may save lives, perhaps even thousands of lives. The captured terrorists of the 21st century do not fit easily into traditional systems of criminal or military justice which were designed for different needs. We have to adapt.

Franco Frattini

If there were evidence of a state or a candidate allowing or having allowed on its terrirory, camps or prisons, we would have the duty to declare a serious violation of the Treaty.

Barack Obama

I want to emphasise that from my perspective at least, he has provided this country an extraordinary service, we are safer because of the work Dave Petraeus has done, and my main hope now is that he and his family are able to move on.

George W. Bush

He is the right man to lead the CIA at this critical moment in our nation's history.

George W. Bush

He has overseen the development of both human and technological intelligence. He has demonstrated an ability to adapt our intelligence services to the newchallenges of the war on terror.

Tony Blair

We have said absolutely all we have to say on this. There is nothing more to add to it. And I have to say the Council of Europe report adds absolutely nothing new whatever to the information we have.

Jerzy Szmajdzinski

Mr Marty has said nothing new about this. There is no evidence. There are no new facts, only some virtual opinions. The official position of the government on this is clear and no one has ever challenged it.

Dick Marty

Today we are even more convinced than we were seven months ago that such a system could not be possible without the participation, and I don't necessarily mean complicity, at different levels, of the states concerned.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

I think we will be talking about the CIA topic. I don't know if we will learn something new about it.

Dick Marty

There was also a series of secret agreements within NATO. This platform served the CIA in Europe, allowing it to move around easily without any interference.

Dick Marty

These centres were not managed by the Polish and Romanian services. They were managed directly by the American services. The local services stuck to securing the perimeter, helping air transport – and masking operations.

George W. Bush

I have asked Bob Gates to serve as a secretary of Defense. Bob is a former director of a CIA and the current president of Texas A&M University.

George W. Bush

I thought that the jury verdict should stand. I felt the punishment was severe. So I made a decision that would commute his sentence but leave in place a serious fine and probation. As to the future, I, you know, rule nothing in and nothing out.

Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann

I do think this is an extremely important report. We have found grave and deep injuries to human rights in Europe, caused by the secret services. The European Parliament has always fought for human rights and is raising the banner now. We condemn this. It must not happen again.

Claudio Fava

I believe not only in national reform of the secret services, but rather, the way cooperation is conceived between these services in Europe and between the Europeans and the Americans – in the fight against terrorism. Because if cooperation has to come in the form it has in these last years, it amounts to a sort of blank cheque. It allows the American secret services to choose the working methods and goals with no worries. That seems to me a non-starter because it's contrary to national laws and international treaties and it's inefficient.

Charles Tannock

This whole committee of inquiry has been a waste of British and European tax-payers' money. From the very beginning, it was duplicating the work of the inquiry made in the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe under Senator Dick Marty, of Switzerland. It's produced nothing new, it's full of accusations, very little in the way of proof. We've interviewed lots of people, travelled all over the world – probably costing the EU taxpayer over a million euros – and no real new evidence has been produced.

Janusz Onyszkiewicz

After all the United States is our critical key ally in our common struggle against terrorism. So, obviously, we cannot disclose everything which is happening as a result of this struggle, and we must simply accept the fact that the functioning of secret services must to a certain degree be secret.

Dianne Feinstein

The report exposes brutality and stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain on our history that must never be allowed to happen again.

Claudio Fava

Numerous governments actively or passively collaborated. They knew that the renditions were part of a system that was used and consolidated.

Joseph Wilson

If the Republican Party wants to believe that leaking the identity of clandestine officers or violating the national security of this country is okay then that's their problem. I don't believe Mr. Rove should not be permitted to resign, I believe that this is a firing offence, to be so cavalier in the handling of the secrets of this great nation, really is an abuse of the public trust.

Peter Bouckaert - Human Rights Watch

The CIA rendered eight or nine individuals according to these files and it wasn't just abducting suspected Islamic militants and handing them over to the Libyan intelligence. The CIA also sent questions they wanted Libyan intelligence to ask and from the files it's very clear they were present in some of the interrogations themselves.

George W. Bush

I'm obviously disappointed with the outcome of the election and, as the head of the Republican Party, I share a large part of the responsibility. I told my party's leaders that it is now our duty to put the elections behind us and work together with the Democrats and Independents on the great issues facing this country.

Marc Garlasco - Human Rights Watch

We haven't been surprised by this story. In fact we've been tracking many of the CIA detention facilities via their airplane logs. The CIA has these aircraft that they use to move people around, they're called renditions, bringing prisoners from Afghanistan through any part of the world that they would like.

Miguel Angel Moratinos

The government will, however, strengthen the supervision of any aircraft flying or landing within Spanish territory.

Gaspar Llamazares

What's at stake here are human rights and Spain's sovereignty for the sake of good relations with the US.

Edward Snowden

I have worked for the Central Intelligence Agency undercover, overseas. I have worked for the National Security Agency undercover, overseas… So when they say I'm a low-level systems administrator, that I don't know what I'm talking about, I'd say it's somewhat misleading.

Miguel Angel Moratinos

The Spanish government is convinced that, based on all the data within its possession, since this government came into office, there has been no violation of Spanish law where the alleged CIA flights are concerned.

Carl Levin

It's a pathetic excuse. They'd have to burn every document in the CIA that has the identity of an agent on it under that theory. I mean, of course, you're going to protect the identity of agents. There are millions of documents that the CIA has that has the identity of agents – those are classfied documents. We're going to protect the identity of agents but you can't destroy documents that are relevant to an investigation.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

The FBI has warned that the report may spark a terror threat against American interests around the world. This is exactly what the Senate Committee wanted to counter – by telling the truth.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

We have a good idea of what happened, we know where the pitfalls were, we know where the mistakes, some of them, were made, and we do not want to see it replicated ever again. So the point of this is: never again!

Anwarullah Khan

There was a big bang which wounded some people. I don't know the exact number of wounded but it was really powerful.

Tadeusz Iwinski

We had several (CIA flights), let's say a dozen of them. We should remember that in countries like Spain, Germany and others, there have been hundreds of those CIA planes. But we are absolutely denying the existence of such detaining centres.

Tadeusz Iwinski

I wasn't ready to go walking around a military base where obviously nothing was left… accompanied by TV cameras which would have proved Marty didn't find anything. I'm not the detective Hercule Poirot with his magnifying glass, who would have picked up DNA samples to prove detainees had been there.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

The detention and interrogation programme produced useful intelligence that helped the United States to thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives. The cause and effect relationship between the use of EITs and useful information subsequently provided by the detainee is in my view unknowable.

Armando Spataro

It may be possible that a request be put through the American justice secretary to pursue the people at large who were condemned, but we will have to see.

Amrit Singh - American Civil Liberties Union

This report only underscores the need for a full scale criminal investigation into not just low level interrogators who went beyond what the Bush Administration authorised, but also to high level officials who set in place the parameters for the CIA's torture of prisoners, the parameters that were flagrantly in violation of the law.

John McCain

Clearly the involvement of al-Qaeda or other elements seems to be apparent here. But we continue to be grateful for the work that the CIA continues to do here and their employees, and these brave young people who put their lives on the line, every single day.

Jay Carney

The President thinks very highly of General Allen and his service to his country as well as the job he has done in Afghanistan… He has faith in General Allen, believes he is doing and has done an excellent job at ISAF.

Barack Obama

I am proud to announce my choice for two keys members of my national security team : Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, and John Brennan for director of the CIA.

Nicolas Maduro

The United States does not govern the world nor does it govern us. We are a free country and sovereign and no one governs us, just the Venezuelan people, the legitimate government elected by the people.

Barack Obama

Your leadership of the CIA will forever be remembered for the blows that we struck to Al-Qaeda and perhaps the greatest intelligence success in American history delivering justice to Osama Bin Laden.

Barack Obama

On Friday, we are going to get the final jobs report for this year, and every indication is that we will have lost in 2008 more jobs than at any time since World War Two.

Dianne Feinstein

(CIA) Director Leon Panetta did brief us two weeks ago, I believe it was on the 24th of June. Said he had just learned about the programme, described it to us, indicated that he had cancelled it and as had been reported, did tell us that he was told that the Vice President had ordered that the programme not be briefed to the Congress.

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