Top CIA official posted pro-Palestine picture on Soc Media as Biden faces mutiny from within
- Top intelligence chief changed profile pic to Palestinian flag two weeks after the October 7 attack that claimed 1,200 Israeli lives
- Previously she had posted a selfie with the words ‘Free Palestine’ superimposed
- Comes as hundreds of White House officials reject President Biden’s official line and demand ceasefire in Gaza
A growing revolt within the Biden administration at his handling of the Israel-Hamas war has reached the top ranks of the CIA after a top analysis chief changed her Facebook profile to a Palestinian flag.
More than 400 administration staff signed an anonymous letter earlier this month demanding the President seek an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Another 1,000 employed by the US Agency for International Development echoed the call, but State Department officials have refused to crack down on the dissent, instead holding ‘listening sessions’ with staff as unrest grows.
Now it has emerged that a CIA associate deputy director for analysis changed her Facebook cover photo to a picture of a man waving a Palestinian flag just two weeks after the brutal Hamas attack that claimed 1,200 lives.
The chief who had responsibility for presenting the President’s daily intelligence briefing, previously posted a selfie with the motto ‘Free Palestine’ superimposed on the photograph, the Financial Times reported.
President Joe Biden has been facing a growing revolt from his own staffers over his backing for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Gaza has fallen silent after weeks of relentless Israeli bombing with a fragile truce agreed in exchange for the release of some Hamas hostages
The public posting of an obviously controversial political statement by a senior analytic manager in the middle of a crisis shows glaringly poor judgment,’ one former intelligence official told the paper.
‘Given the CIA’s longstanding incredibly close relationship with the Israelis in a liaison capacity, this would be highly irregular for a senior agency official,’ said another.
Biden has repeatedly refused to demand a ceasefire in the conflict which has now claimed 13,000 Palestinian lives amid relentless Israeli bombing of the Gaza strip.
But calls for a ceasefire have waned as a series of temporary truces have been agreed in exchange for the release of some of the 240 hostages seized by Hamas and its allies during the October 7 attack.
On Tuesday night it was reported that the fragile truce between Israel and Hamas could be extended until Sunday morning if Hamas releases all women and children in their captivity.
Around 100 women and children were thought to be among the hostages and 60 have so far been freed in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
CIA director Bill Burns is currently in Qatar where hostage negotiations are taking place, and critics voiced fear that they could be undermined by the revelation of his analysis chief’s sympathies.
‘I know that for many of you, the suffering caused by this crisis is taking a profound personal toll,’ Secretary of State Anthony Blinken wrote to staff earlier this month.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has promised to listen to staffers’ demands for a ceasefire
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