Over a decade ago, Edward Price told his father that he was going to get a job at the Central Intelligence Agency. It wouldn’t just be his “first real job,” he told his dad — it would be his career, passion and life.
That all changed when President Donald Trump was elected.
“Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional,” Price, who had worked at the CIA since 2006, wrote in a resignation letter published in full by the Washington Post on Monday.
Having most recently served as a senior director on the National Security Council, Price resigned last week, effective immediately. Leaving the agency was not an easy decision, he said.
He devoted himself to the CIA as a college student, and worked under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
“There was no greater reward than having my analysis presented to the president and seeing it shape events,” he wrote. “Intelligence informing policy — this is how the system is supposed to work.”
But, Price claimed, as Trump rose to power, that chain of command slowly began to deteriorate.
“I watched in disbelief when, during the third presidential debate, Trump casually cast doubt on the high-confidence conclusion of our 17 intelligence agencies released that month, that Russia was behind the hacking and release of election-related emails,” Price wrote.
“Trump’s actions in office have been even more disturbing.”
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Chris Sommerfeldt