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    US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency must undo the damage rendered after Director John Brennan politicized the organization, former CIA officer Larry Johnson told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Friday, Trump nominated US Congressman Mike Pompeo to serve as the next CIA director. The Kansas congressman's nomination still needs to be confirmed by the US Senate.

    “Under Brennan the CIA has been politicized and lost its way,” Johnson said on Friday. “Pompeo’s challenge is to try to fix that damage and return the Agency to a genuinely honest broker.”

    Outside of the problems Pompeo will be forced to tackle in his new role, Johnson said he lacked enough information on the Kansas lawmaker to intelligently comment on the implications of Trump’s selection for the CIA.

    As President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, Brennan came under fire after writing an op-ed in 2009 that claimed Republican critics aided al-Qaeda.

    In 2008, Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for CIA Director after journalists raised issues about his possible support for enhanced interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush administration.

    After taking over the CIA in 2013, however, Brennan won praise of right groups for supporting efforts to close the notorious US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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