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John Sipher

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  • The Atlantic
  • Lawfare
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Past articles by John:

Trump Creates His Own ‘Deep State’

The director of national intelligence is ending oral briefings with Congress — a significant step toward eroding oversight and expanding executive overreach. → Read More

The Russia Investigation Will Continue

Counterintelligence agencies must find it hard to believe the cupboard is already bare. → Read More

U.S. Engagement with Indonesia Can Help Prevent Tomorrow’s Crises

Why was Indonesia missing from the U.S. intelligence community's Worldwide Threat Assessment? → Read More

Paul Whelan Isn’t a Spy, and Putin Knows It

The American’s detention reminds us that Russia continues to perfect dirty tricks pioneered by the KGB. → Read More

Ryan Goodman

Ryan Goodman is co-editor-in-chief of Just Security. He served as special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense. → Read More

Trump Is Repeating Soviet Leaders’ Intel Mistakes

Stalin ignored his spies when their findings contradicted his assumptions. Now the U.S. president is doing the same. → Read More

Why American Spies Worry When Trump Meets Putin

Just as the Russian leader has unleashed his intelligence and security services, the American president has kneecapped and undermined his own. → Read More

Recruiting Intelligence Sources: President Trump Makes a Hard Job Harder

At its heart, intelligence collection is a simple—yet fragile—process. And President Trump's recent actions will make it much more difficult for U.S. intelligence officers to develop and recruit new sources in the future. → Read More

The New York Times Company

She has the integrity and experience to stand up to a post-truth White House. → Read More

Ryan Goodman

Ryan Goodman is co-editor-in-chief of Just Security. He served as special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense. → Read More

We’ve Been Here Before: Sticks Don’t Work Well with Pakistan

Sipher writes that the Trump administration's chastising of Pakistan for not fighting local Taliban forces puts at risk the vital U.S. interests of preventing Pakistan from becoming a nuclear failed state and defeating armed groups like ISIS that can threaten the U.S. → Read More

Collusion Doesn’t Have to be Criminal to be a Threat

During the hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday, some members of the House Judiciary Committee did not try to conceal → Read More

John Sipher

John Sipher is a retired 28-year veteran of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. He served in the Senior Intelligence Service. → Read More

Taking Putin's Word For It

Trump wants to believe both the Russian president’s denial of election meddling, and the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies. But he can’t have it both ways. → Read More

Taking Putin's Word For It

Taking Putin’s Word For It By Ryan Goodman and John Sipher 6:18 AM ET When asked on Saturday about his conversation with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific economic summit in Vietnam, President Donald Trump reported that the Russian president denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That, of course, directly contradicts the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence… → Read More

Don’t Muzzle Former C.I.A. Officers

Criticizing wrongheaded or shortsighted decisions by senior officials is very different from divulging classified information. → Read More

The Public Needs a Lesson in Russian Strategic Deception: It’s What You Want to Hear

Former senior CIA official John Sipher tells Americans what to look out for next--from a different chapter in the Kremlin's playbook. → Read More

How Expelling Russian Diplomats Backfired on the US

On Lawfare@FP, John Sipher argues that the U.S.’s recent effort to put diplomatic pressure on Russia undermined U.S. interests. → Read More

A Second Look at the Steele Dossier—Knowing What We Know Now

Former top CIA official reviews Steele Dossier in light of past 9 mos. of information. Bottom line: it's generally credible. A 5,500-word analysis. → Read More

Toward a Redefinition of ‘Winning’ in Afghanistan

Ultimate success in Afghanistan will depend on a wide variety of factors—including how we define success. → Read More