On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” former CIA Office of Technical Services’ Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez excoriated President Donald Trump for endangering a top-level U.S. spy in Russia.
“Have you ever, in your career in intelligence, heard of the president of the United States being considered a potential threat to the safety and identity of a highly-placed source in a country like Russia?” asked anchor Joy Reid.
“Never. This is unprecedented,” said Mendez. “The fact that it was such a concern that the CIA thought it prudent to remove this man, an invaluable conduit into Putin’s Russia and the decision making process, they would pull him out rather than risk what was going to happen to him.”
“Just to be perfectly clear, this particular informant was highly placed, had access to the Kremlin. Was instrumental in the CIA’s most explosive conclusion about Russia’s interference campaign that Vladimir Putin ordered the attack on the election to help Donald Trump,” said Reid. “That is a huge ringing bell in my head that this guy helped our guys, our good guys figure out that the Kremlin was helping Trump and now he’s here under U.S. protection. Should — is that a worry to you?”