The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will experience one of the biggest shake-ups in its history after the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump on January 20, 2017.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), whose opinion on almost all international issues is different from the US President-elect Donald Trump’s beliefs, is going to experience one of the biggest shake-ups in its history after the inauguration of the new President on January 20, the French Intelligence Online news portal reported in its article, entitled ‘La CIA attend sa purge’. Some former and current employees of the agency compare these shocks with the ones experienced after US President Ronald Reagan got into power in 1980.
According to the news portal, citing circles close to Trump, replacements of personnel in 50 positions can be expected in the CIA. The future director Mike Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, is already conducting extensive consultations in Washington in order to form his future team. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he already has a formed circle in the intelligence community.
The powerful post of CIA Deputy Director has been fiercely contested between those who support a Deputy Director with political talent and those who prefer someone with technical capabilities. In any case, the current holder of the post, David Cohen, who came from the US Treasury Department, will leave the office on January 20.
Like other US power structures, the CIA, which is considered to be a civilian agency, is subject to the Spoil System – a practice of promotion and hiring of government employees loyal to the incoming President or political party instead of awarding positions based on merit or achievement. At the same time, it largely does not touch structures, subordinated to the Pentagon.