New administrative note seeks to raise doubts about suspected Russian premiums


But other elements of the intelligence community – including the National Security Agency, which promotes electronic surveillance intelligence – said they lacked information to support this conclusion at the same level, thus expressing less confidence in the conclusion, according to the two officials. A third official familiar with the memo did not describe the specific confidence levels, but also said that the CIA was higher than the other agencies.

A spokesperson for Mr. Ratcliffe’s office declined to comment. Officials familiar with the memo described it on condition of anonymity.

It is not uncommon for the intelligence council to produce short-term, all-source assessments on important topics, particularly if agency analyzes differ, said Gregory F. Treverton, chairman of the board from 2014 to 2017. But he expressed concern that the assessment of the suspected Russian bonus program could be politicized to match the White House characterization of the information.

“I hope the process retains its integrity, but I have real concerns given the pressures faced by these analysts,” said Mr. Treverton in a telephone interview.

Matthew G. Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, who also held other national security positions during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, also said that the contents of the note had been reviewed. appear potential politicization.


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