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Spooked: Trump’s war against US intelligence

The head-on collision between Trump and his intelligence agencies is a danger to the US, its allies and the global security order

By Jay Elwes   March 2017

Playing in the shadows: Donald Trump has a strained relationship with the US security agencies ©Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

On December 13th 2003, John Nixon was taken out to Baghdad International Airport. It was nighttime. He arrived with a small group and together they passed assorted outbuildings until they came to a location a little way off from the main airport area. Nixon got out of the vehicle. “We were standing there waiting,” he recalls, “and then someone from the military came by and said, ‘OK. It’s…

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