Former CIA Agent Explains Why He Resigned Because Of Trump

Tyler Durden's picture

Edward Price worked at the CIA from 2006 until this month, most recently as the spokesman for the National Security Council.

But, as he details below in a letter published by The Washington Post, he has officially resigned "to be clear, my decision had nothing to do with politics," seemingly because the Trump Administration is "tuning out the intelligence professionals."

Nearly 15 years ago, I informed my skeptical father that I was pursuing a job with the Central Intelligence Agency. Among his many concerns was that others would never believe I had resigned from the agency when I sought my next job. “Once CIA, always CIA,” he said. But that didn’t give me pause. This wouldn’t be just my first real job, I thought then; it would be my career.


That changed when I formally resigned last week. Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional.


This was not a decision I made lightly. I sought out the CIA as a college student, convinced that it was the ideal place to serve my country and put an otherwise abstract international-relations degree to use. I wasn’t disappointed.


The CIA taught me new skills and exposed me to new cultures and countries. More important, it instilled in me a sense of mission and purpose. As an analyst, I became an expert in terrorist groups and traveled the world to help deter and disrupt attacks. The administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama took the CIA’s input seriously. There was no greater reward than having my analysis presented to the president and seeing it shape events. Intelligence informing policy — this is how the system is supposed to work. I saw that up close for the past three years at the White House, where I worked on loan from the CIA until last month.


As a candidate, Donald Trump’s rhetoric suggested that he intended to take a different approach. I watched in disbelief when, during the third presidential debate, Trump casually cast doubt on the high-confidence conclusion of our 17 intelligence agencies, released that month, that Russia was behind the hacking and release of election-related emails. On the campaign trail and even as president-elect, Trump routinely referred to the flawed 2002 assessment of Iraq’s weapons programs as proof that the CIA couldn’t be trusted — even though the intelligence community had long ago held itself to account for those mistakes and Trump himself supported the invasion of Iraq.


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. Standing in front of a memorial to the CIA’s fallen officers, he seemed to be addressing the cameras and reporters in the room, rather than the agency personnel in front of them, bragging about his inauguration crowd the previous day. 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.


The final straw came late last month, when the White House issued a directive reorganizing the National Security Council, on whose staff I served from 2014 until earlier this year. Missing from the NSC’s principals committee were the CIA director and the director of national intelligence. Added to the roster: the president’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who cut his teeth as a media champion of white nationalism.


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. That’s why the president’s trusted White House advisers, not career professionals, reportedly have final say over what intelligence reaches his desk.


To be clear, my decision had nothing to do with politics, and I would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration open to intelligence analysis. I served with conviction under President George W. Bush, some of whose policies I also found troubling, and I took part in programs that the Obama administration criticized and ended. As intelligence professionals, we’re taught to tune out politics. The river separating CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., from Washington might as well be a political moat. But this administration has flipped that dynamic on its head: The politicians are the ones tuning out the intelligence professionals.


The CIA will continue to serve important functions — including undertaking covert action and sharing information with close allies and partners around the globe. If this administration is serious about building trust with the intelligence community, however, it will require more than rallies at CIA headquarters or press statements. 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.

But while Price vows that his resignation was not politically motivated, we find it curious that Federal Election Commission records indicate that he donated the legal maximum of $2,700 to "Hillary for America" in August 2016 and another $2,300 to the DNC's "Hillary Victory Fund" on the very same day.  But we're sure that doesn't mean anything.

Nevertheless, perhaps President Trump has created an environment that cleanses itself...A self-'draining' swamp?

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smc1982's picture

presumably he's been ok with the all the CIA drug running for the last 50 years.

Darktarra's picture

And that is why I love watching American Dad over Family Guy!  :) 

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Darktarra Feb 21, 2017 9:36 AM

Sound decision this ... distance thyself if you seek further employment ... any association with Drumpf is utter suicide atm

Omni Consumer Product's picture

"Central Intelligence Agency" is one of the classic oxymorons, right up there with "Paul Krugman".

strannick's picture

Like he said, once CIA always CIA. This is just another Satanic CIA psyop

localsavage's picture

Funny that he runs straight to WaPo to tell his tale.  It's like there is a pattern here with a paper that has financial ties to the CIA.

svayambhu108's picture

This is how it works now? If you cannot pull out a JFK you throw your toys and cry

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) bamawatson Feb 21, 2017 10:30 AM

You resigned before the firehose comes.


now get out!

Manthong's picture

Ten bucks says he gets fingered in an investigation.

Just look at him…

weasel is written all over his face.


Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Manthong Feb 21, 2017 10:45 AM

International Relations Degree?  Fuck off please, Bannon has a graduate degree in National Security.

HowdyDoody's picture

Putin made him do it to make Trump, Putin's stooge, look good.

In other news - the degeneration of the American male as seen at the New York fashion show. Caution - extreme FBW.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I guess this dipshit didn't get the memo that no one trusts the CIA.... or "ex-CIA".

Carl Spackler's picture

Good riddance.

Anyone who advertises why he was a spook is too self focused to serve the auSA.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

What is a poor spook to do when he's about to get outed?

He outs himself!

And then goes on to think he's a clever chap in deed. Indeed.

So this guy "became an expert in terrorist groups and traveled the world to help deter and disrupt attacks" and still hasn't figured out that the real problem is Islam? In all seriousness, I have to conclude that the man Peter Principled up ages ago and is truly incompetent, too incompetent to hold the high office he does.

jcaz's picture

People only "quit" like this when they know the game is up- go home and watch your porn on your home server, dude,  you ain't fooling anyone here with this "patriot" bleat......

WordSmith2013's picture

Here's another ex CIA op who is coming clean ... kinda.


I’m a Democrat (and ex-CIA) but the spies plotting against Trump are out of control
Pairadimes's picture

Couldn't have been much of an intelligence analyst if he was getting his domestic news from the MSM.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Weasel cared not what was in the emails - some of the most putrid vile stuff alluded to. Nah, it's the Russkies, that's the problem.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

Had to quit reading that letter after the lies and distortions began to mount up. People of the CIA, realize that us common dirt people are now wise to your fabricated realities. The world is not the same as 1965 so who gives two shits if some so-called *intelligence analyst* gets all wadded up over realities he doesn't want to accept.

jcaz's picture

First clue was when he said he campaigned thru college to be in the CIA-

Psst-  hey CIA- little tip: Anyone who wants to join you that badly is a douchebag....

macholatte's picture


Is that article more CIA propaganda?

Clinton Donor Quits CIA Because of Trump, Says Decision Not About Politics



eccitante's picture
CIA Analyst Who Quit Over Trump Is A Hillary Donor "The former CIA official who resigned as National Security Council spokesman earlier this month pointed the finger at President Trump in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Monday.
In the column, Edward Price claimed his resignation had “nothing to do with politics,” and blaming Trump’s “disturbing actions” instead.
Price’s column — entitled “I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit” — did not mention that he gave thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign against Trump last fall.
FEC records show Price donated the legal maximum of $2,700 to Hillary for America on August 21, 2016. That same day, he gave another $2,300 to the DNC’s “Hillary Victory Fund.” Price is listed as a registered Democrat in the District of Columbia." source:
Save_America1st's picture

well, you know what Curly Bill Brocious always says to these little bitchez, right???


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

PsyOp detected. In order to lull the target audience into a false sense of security, this guy has been given a story and placed in public view in order to portray an image of CIA ineptitude.

Given the CIA's sterling reputation for character, insight, perception, precision, and success, this will be a formidable task.

Spanky's picture

Your decision isn't political? And your (very public) resignation from a super secret spy organization isn't a political statement?

Bwahaaaaa! ROTFLOL!

This is nothing but a political statement from beginning to end. It's about as apolitical as the CIA itself and all those antifa/leftwing protestors and useful idiots supporting its "soft coup" efforts in the streets. Don't you think that your decision to leave might have been influenced (or even guided) by your superiors within the agency seeking to use your well-known persona (to the the media at least, in your role as a "spokesman") and "non-political" resignation as a propaganda ploy to "prove" that they're all really just a bunch of misunderstood good guys trying to do the right thing by destroying our democratic process to "save" it, and us, from ourselves?

Nah, that's sounds too much like a conspiracy theory to me! Especially considering that the super patriots at CIA would never openly prefer one presidential candiate over another, cause that might cast an improper influence over our electoral process...

Good luck at the WaPo or CNN or whatever mainstream media outlet hires you... I'm sure your old company ties won't color your vision and you'll be fair, balanced and objective in your reporting.

Giant Meteor's picture

It appears he felt violated, and no longer felt secure in his safe place. Whiny little bitch ..

goober's picture

Notice this guys tenure was almost entirely under BHO and crew . And how many crimes were committed during that era of almost a decade ? I imagine he thinks F&F was an excellent plan even though it was completely illegal and just a gun grabbers scheme to begin with that got away from them. But hey, it was for the good guys , right ? This guy reminds me too much of Anthony Weiner, he even looks like him,  and they seem to have similar affiliations within the democrat hiearchy as criminals. Scheming , conniving, manipualting , deceiving, lying, fucks. Hopefully they will all get a dose of their own medicine, via how they deliberately harmed millions of people. If karma exist's

Beyond obvious the democrats will try anything to undermine DT and crew. This guy is just another ploy and a mind fucked fool as well.  And the next scheme is ?

East Indian's picture

So this guy "became an expert in terrorist groups and traveled the world to help deter and disrupt attacks" and still hasn't figured out that the real problem is Islam? 


No. This guy was with CIA for fifteen years, travelled the world to deter and disrupt attacks, but could not understand that CIA is directly and indirectly supporting islamic terrorists...

MaxThrust's picture

This guy was with CIA for fifteen years, travelled the world to deter and disrupt attacks against ISIS.

Islam is not the problem come on get real. The "radical muslims" are getting expert psychological conditioning courtesy of the CIA so the can continue the genocide of Syrians. This aids the greater Israel project. Remember if you are not a Jew you are goyim, the Talmud says so.

Galahad Threepwood's picture

The real problem is Talmudic Judaism. 

They are the puppet masters

You think retarded inbred Muslims could pull of 9/11 and suspend the laws of physics for the day?

But yeah - fuck the Muslims too


Carl Spackler's picture

Good riddance.

Anyone who advertises why he was a spook is too self focused to serve the auSA.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I guess this dipshit didn't get the memo that no one trusts the CIA.... or "ex-CIA".

And they call it the "central intelligence agency"...

You'd think by now they'd know a vast portion of the populous sees them as the enemy. It's as if they're not collecting intel, but instead running drugs and overthrowing foreign governments...

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"Trump routinely referred to the flawed 2002 assessment of Iraq’s weapons programs as proof that the CIA couldn’t be trusted — even though the intelligence community had long ago held itself to account for those mistakes..."

Correction:  the CIA couldn't be trusted because it isn't trustworthy.  Not a value judgment (in this context) but a simple statement of fact.  EVERYTHING the CIA and intelligence services do is illegal or immoral by its nature.  Duplicity, lying, deception, murder, frame-ups, etc. etc. are all part of spy craft.  To expect honesty from someone who self-select into such a profession is not reasonable.

As for "the intelligence community had long ago held itself to account" comment:  Exactly what did this alleged accountability consist of?  Who was sacked, prosecuted, jailed, faced loss of pay/pension?  That's right, no one.  The very idea that the intelligence community can hold itself to account is laughable on its face. 

crazzziecanuck's picture

Right before the Berlin Wall fell, the CIA said that East Germany had a higher GDP than West Germany.  That's what they told Congress.  Whether or not they knew the truth is irrelevant, because their job was to present actionable "intelligence" for policy makers, not find ways for self-justification.

The fall of the Berlin Wall came as a complete shock to them for which they never recovered and hoped that people would never figure out that they're a useless, corrupt relic from the past.

goober's picture

And undermining political rivals here in USSA today ! Fortunately the jig is up and the masses know their games and crimes these days.

dark_matter's picture

Behind the scenes they are looking at goat intestines for clues. It's really the Entrails Intelligence Agency.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Thats not fashion, its Satanism.  The androgynous lord Baphomet.

crazzziecanuck's picture

People fucking forget that Putin supported Obama over McCain in 2008...

Hata Mari's picture

no no no no no no no no nooooooooooo

The Greek horse's picture

Manthong you took the words out of my mouth. CIA hit list



Malcolm X

Tupac shakur

Andrew Breitbart  

 John Lennon

and Many many more...

clade7's picture

Exactly!  I'll admit it, I judge people on first appearances!....So that makes me a bigot I guess...Imagine if this Poindexter stepped up on your porch and rang your bell?  Said, "Sir, I operate a landscaping company, and would like to mow your grass?" 


Just on intitial first impressions...My first response, Id be like.."Get the fuck out of skinny headed bastard!"  Thats probably wrong though...I'm trying, but dont have a whole lot to work with here..

rosiescenario's picture

" I operate a landscaping company, and would like to mow your grass?"

Since I live in CA, I'd know he was lying.....his English was too good and he looks like an Anglo....