Robert David Steele

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Robert David Steele
Robert David Steele
Robert David Steele
Born (1952-07-16) July 16, 1952 (age 62)
United States New York City, New York
Occupation Open source intelligence advocate

Robert David Steele Vivas (born July 16, 1952) is a former Central Intelligence Agency clandestine services case officer and is known for his promotion of open source intelligence (OSINT).[1] He was a candidate for the Reform Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election until February 23, 2012.[2] Steele also runs a blog, Public Intelligence, promoting theories that the government concocted the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting[3] and that the September 11, 2001, attacks were a false flag staged by the Bush Administration.[4]


Robert David Steele was born in New York City on July 16, 1952. His father was a petroleum industry executive. He spent his first twenty years in Latin America and Asia. Steele reportedly holds a B.A. in political science from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. in international relations from Lehigh University; and an M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

In 2011 Steele announced his intention to receive the nomination of the United States Reform Party. In November of that year, he crafted a proposed statement called the Electoral Reform Act of 2012 and presented it to the Occupy Wall Street Electoral Reform Committee.[5] He withdrew on February 23, 2012, citing a lack of support from other prospective third party candidates.


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  1. ^ Wired article How to Restore Spies Credibility: Go Open Source published December 14, 2007. See also: *Agee, Philip. Inside the Company: CIA Diary. Penguin Books, 1975, p. 528. ISBN 0-14-004007-2.
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  5. ^ "Robert Steele OWS Electoral Reform Proposal". 

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