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John Sipher

Retired 28-year veteran of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service

John Sipher is a retired 28-year veteran of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. He served in the Senior Intelligence Service.

Paul Whelan Isn’t a Spy, and Putin Knows It

The American’s detention reminds us that Russia continues to perfect dirty tricks pioneered by the KGB.


Trump Is Repeating Soviet Leaders’ Intel Mistakes

Stalin ignored his spies when their findings contradicted his assumptions. Now the U.S. president is doing the same.


Why American Spies Worry When Trump Meets Putin

Just as the Russian leader has unleashed his intelligence and security services, the American president has kneecapped and undermined his own.


Taking Putin's Word For It

Trump wants to believe both the Russian president’s denial of election meddling, and the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies. But he can’t have it both ways.