The U.S’ top spy agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is under attack from President-elect, Donald Trump, who is planning a major overhaul of the agency.
Working with advisers he is coming up with a plan that would pare back the agency and restructure it. It is believed Trump feels that it has become too politicised and bloated in its current form.
Recently, Donald Trump has unleashed a barrage of tweets against America’s spy agencies in connection with allegations that Russia hacked the Democratic Party. Allegations he does not believe. The hacked data was passed to Wikileaks who later published it.
An adviser familiar with Trump’s plan is to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), creating more field positions but scaling back on staffing in its Virginia headquarters.
According to the Wall Street Journal, an adviser close to Trump said, “The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized. They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact.”
The CIA declined to comment.
In a recent tweet, Mr Trump cited Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder who has always denied that Russia passed the Democrat information to them for publishing. It read, “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’—why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”
The president-elect has drawn criticism from Republicans and Democrat lawmakers for his support of Putin, Assange, and attacking U.S intelligence agencies. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S,C,) said, “We have two choices: some guy living in an embassy on the run from the law…who has a history of undermining American democracy and releasing classified information to put our troops at risk, or the 17 intelligence agencies sworn to defend us. I’m going with them.”
Recently the Obama administration expelled Russian ambassadors in wake of the hacking. Russia has always denied the claims.