Ex-CIA Analyst Issues Warning About Upcoming Election

 January 3, 2024

As the 2024 election cycle commences, a stark warning emerges from a former intelligence insider.

According to a former CIA analyst, the specter of intelligence agency interference looms over the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

John Gentry, a former CIA analyst and now an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, has voiced concerns to Fox News about the potential actions of U.S. intelligence agencies in the upcoming electoral contest. Gentry foresees possible opposition from these agencies against former President Donald Trump and any Republican candidate who stands against President Joe Biden. This prediction stirs the already volatile political atmosphere as the nation prepares for another presidential race.

Intelligence Community's Alleged Overtures

The conversation around intelligence interference isn't new to the political arena. In 2020, during the heat of the election, the Hunter Biden laptop story broke, creating a maelstrom of media and intelligence commentary. The former intelligence officers' letter, casting doubt on the story's credibility, was pivotal in shaping the public narrative.

Political coverage, particularly by Politico, played a significant role in framing the Hunter Biden laptop incident. Their headline, "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say," suggested a clear-cut dismissal of the story's validity. However, the letter signed by the former intelligence officers was more nuanced, indicating that while they were suspicious, they did not confirm it as disinformation.

The FBI's history of bias, notably during the 2016 election cycle, was highlighted by John Gentry's references to figures such as Peter Strzok, Lisa Paige, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. These individuals' actions hinted at an anti-Trump sentiment within the agency, which has led to a broader discussion on the impartiality of federal institutions.

Media and Politicization

Gentry's apprehensions are rooted in recent history, where the political bias within U.S. intelligence agencies has been evident, particularly during Trump's tenure. This recurring concern about the politicization of government bodies like the CIA and FBI underscores a growing wariness about institutional neutrality. Gentry authored "Neutering the CIA: Why US Intelligence Versus Trump Has Long-Term Consequences," delving into these themes.

A counterpoint to Gentry's perspective comes from a Just Security article by Asha Rangappa and Marc Polymeropoulos. They criticize Trump's approach to the intelligence community, showcasing the tension between the former president and intelligence officials. Just Security, based at New York University's School of Law, often reflects a progressive editorial stance, contributing to the wide array of opinions.

The role of social media and traditional media outlets in shaping political discourse and potentially influencing election outcomes is increasingly under the microscope. The Hunter Biden laptop story's handling is a case in point, demonstrating the powerful impact of narrative control in the digital age. The debate over media responsibility intensifies as the public becomes more aware of these dynamics.

Gentry's Insight on Intelligence Services

John Gentry places significant blame for the overt politicization of American intelligence services on what he terms a leftist obsession with "diversity, equity, and inclusion." He suggests that these values, while important, may be contributing to a loss of focus on the agencies' primary missions. This view points to a contentious discussion about the role of sociopolitical ideologies within federal institutions.

My guess is that the the proverbial deep state within the intelligence community will reemerge because presumably a Republican candidate will again be seen as a threat to the internal policies that many intelligence people like.

John Gentry's remark reflects a concern about the potential bias of intelligence operatives. It raises questions about the impartiality of those tasked with safeguarding the nation's security and the integrity of its democratic processes.

Considering past events, the concern for the intelligence community's neutrality is not without merit. The debate over whether these agencies can remain unbiased guardians of national security, while navigating the treacherous waters of political favoritism is far from over. The very fabric of American democracy could be tested in this upcoming election.


  • The 2024 presidential election faces potential risks of intelligence agency interference.
  • Former CIA analyst John Gentry predicts opposition from these agencies against GOP candidates.
  • The handling of the 2020 Hunter Biden laptop story by intelligence agencies and media has set a concerning precedent.
  • The FBI's 2016 election actions suggest a history of political bias within the intelligence community.
  • Gentry's concerns about politicization are linked to a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion within intelligence services.
  • The scrutiny of the media's role in political narratives continues to grow as the election nears.

About Aileen Barro

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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