The transition team of incoming President Joe Biden is said to have been prevented from meeting with the Pentagon’s intelligence agencies last week.
This is what a former senior official in the intelligence service who is to be familiar with the transition process, tells CNN.
The slowdown in the process means that the Biden team has still not been able to meet with officials from the US Department of Defense’s military intelligence agencies. It includes the Military Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
This is happening at the same time as other meetings that the transition teams to Biden have, now seem to take place without any problems after weeks of delays, writes the TV channel.
Requires questions in advance
The Pentagon itself denies to CNN that they have tried to prevent Biden’s transfer team from working.
The only thing they ask for, the Pentagon explains, is that Biden’s team is not allowed to meet anyone until they list the names of everyone they want to meet, and report all the questions they want to ask.
– Change of leader is an area where the Ministry of Defense can boast a long history of impartial excellence. We are fully cooperating with Biden’s transition team, and put national security and the protection of the American people first, “said US Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller in a statement.
According to the Washington Post – which first reported that the Biden team has been prevented from meeting with intelligence agencies – the Trump administration has also blocked transition meetings with several other intelligence services with secret budgets and global espionage platforms. The newspaper writes that they have received the information from previous and current intelligence personnel.
Biden advisers have spent much of the week in meetings with officials at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the CIA. These intelligence agencies are independent of the Ministry of Defense, in contrast to those that Biden’s transition team has not been able to meet.
Trump recently replaced the Secretary of Defense via Twitter. The new Secretary of Defense, Christopher C. Miller, supports Trump in several cases where his predecessor protested – including Trump’s plans to withdraw US troops from Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia just days before Joe Biden takes office. Miller himself has replaced several senior Pentagon chiefs with people who are considered more loyal to Trump, such as Kash Patel and Ezra Cohen-Watnick.
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The allegations against the Pentagon come less than two weeks after US President-elect Joe Biden was told that the transition process could begin. Usually, this process begins just days after the election of a new president. This year, it took weeks for the Biden team to gain access to money, office space and access to important government agencies.
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