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Trump versus the spies

It is the US President’s disdain for his intelligence services which has brought about the current existential crisis in the White House

By Jay Elwes  

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In February, I spent several weeks interviewing spies. Some of them were serving, others were retired, some were British and others American—and they all wanted to talk about Donald Trump. The problem, it seemed to me back then, was that the US’s intelligence and security agencies, and their allies, thought Trump didn’t understand their role, or the significance and delicacy of their product. They were…

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