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Mission Critical

After decades in the shadows, former American intelligence officials are taking on a new and very public role: keeping an eye on Trump

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WATCHDOGGING Hayden, a former four-star general and director of the CIA and NSA, has become an outspoken critic of the president.
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“Iran’s loss…will be Russia’s gain.”

A FEW MONTHS INTO THE TRUMP administration, former CIA Director Michael Hayden took a reconnaissance mission of sorts to Pittsburgh, where he grew up in a blue-collar, Roman Catholic family and worked summers in Steelers training camps. He’d asked his brother to gather a couple dozen people to talk politics in a sports bar “over some Iron City beer,” a local brew.

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