Dead Drop: July 27

NEW NUMBER 2:  President Trump intends to appoint a veteran Agency officer to serve as CIA’s Deputy Director.  Vaughn F. Bishop spent 30 years at the Agency before retiring in 2011, but he kept his security clearances in retirement so he could continue to assist as needed, (don’t tell the White House).

Bishop served in a variety of senior positions, including as Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council.  After retirement, Mr. Bishop stayed close to the building, serving as the CIA Ombudsman for Analytic Objectivity during the Agency’s controversial modernization effort.

The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” —Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62

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