Russian threat: Whistleblower objects to Homeland Security damper on intelligence

A Homeland Security official filed a whistleblower complaint to protest orders to downplay white supremacist threats and Russian interference in the presidential election. Brian Murphy, who was head of the intelligence branch of Homeland Security, was demoted in August, he said, for expressing concerns and cooperating with the department’s inspector general. (The New York Times, September 9, 2020, by Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Nicholas Fandos)

Murphy’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, released a statement that accompanied the complaint: “Mr. Murphy followed proper lawful whistleblower rules in reporting serious allegations of misconduct against DHS leadership, particularly involving political distortion of intelligence analysis and retaliation.” (The Washington Post, September 9, 2020, by Shane Harris, Nick Miroff and Ellen Nakashima)

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