Ned Price in 2016
1982 (age 35–36)|
|Occupation||Intelligence officer and senior Obama Administration official|
|Known for||Resigned from the CIA due to distrust of President Donald Trump|
Edward "Ned" Price (born 1982) is an American former intelligence officer who worked at the United States' Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 until February 2017. On February 20, 2017, Price published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post, outlining his decision to retire from the CIA rather than work in a Donald Trump administration. This piece stirred widespread controversy.
Price grew up in Dallas, where he graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas. He then graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where he studied International Relations in the School of Foreign Service. He reportedly chose this field of study in anticipation of joining the CIA after graduation. He later obtained a Master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he was awarded a Public Service Fellowship and a prize for a superior thesis.
Early in his career, Price worked as an intelligence analyst. His focus was on the detection and disruption of possible terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests. In 2013, Mother Jones magazine quoted Price defending the CIA financing research on global warming, in the face of criticism from powerful Republican climate change deniers in Congress. Later in his CIA career, he was loaned to the National Security Council, serving as its spokesperson and as a Special Assistant to President Barack Obama. Price discusses his experiences working under President Obama in the 2018 book, West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House.
Op ed piece
In a February 2017 Washington Post op-ed piece, Price described mounting concerns over Donald Trump, first when he was candidate, then prior to inauguration, and then as the sitting president. For example, Price described his initial concern when, during a debate with rival candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump blithely dismissed the opinions of senior Intelligence officials. Price then described how demoralized he and fellow CIA officials felt when newly inaugurated President Trump used a visit to CIA headquarters for campaign style self-promotion. Finally, Price reflected on how Trump removed senior intelligence officials from the "principal's committee", and expressed concern that by ignoring their advice he was putting public safety at risk.
Breitbart News and The Daily Caller challenged Price's independence, pointing out that he donated $5,000 to help elect candidate Hillary Clinton. They pointed out that he had made donations and worked on the campaigns of other politicians from the Democratic Party. RedState called Price a "maxed out Hillary political donor", and claimed he was motivated solely by a desire to curry favor with Hillary Clinton in order to obtain a political appointment when she became President.
In his op-ed, Price had pointed out that he had loyally served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. He was also transparent about his own political convictions in the op-ed piece, describing himself as "progressive."
In an article published in Politico Magazine on July 14, 2017, Price expressed concerns related to the appointment and continued hold of a security clearance of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. In the article Price reviewed the extensive vetting that he had experienced to gain a security clearance, which lasted approximately a year, and compared that to the security clearance granted to Kushner. Discussing the recent disclosures of the developing information related to Kushner's apparent involvement in a Russian attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, Price said, "I am confident in saying that my clearance would have been immediately revoked had I, as a career CIA officer, been accused of a fraction of these activities."
- "Career CIA Analyst Ned Price Quits Rather Than Serve Trump Administration". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
Edward Price (2017-02-23). "I didn't think I'd ever leave the CIA, but because of Trump I quit". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Trump’s actions in office have been even more disturbing. His visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, an overture designed to repair relations, was undone by his ego and bluster. Standing in front of a memorial to the CIA’s fallen officers, he seemed to be addressing the cameras and reporters in the room, rather than the agency personnel in front of them, bragging about his inauguration crowd the previous day. Whether delusional or deceitful, these were not the remarks many of my former colleagues and I wanted to hear from our new commander in chief.
"Un exagente de la CIA asegura que deja la agencia porque se siente "desmoralizado" por Trump" [A CIA ex-agent says he leaves the agency because he feels "demoralized" by Trump] (in Spanish). Actualidad. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
En cuanto al nuevo mandatario, Price recuerda que oyó "con incredulidad" las declaraciones en las que Trump expresaba sus dudas sobre el presunto 'hackeo' ruso de las presidenciales en las que había ganado, un tema popular en los medios norteamericanos que en varias ocasiones han acusado al magnate —aunque sin presentar prueba alguna— de mantener relaciones oscuras con Moscú. El exportavoz del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional afirma que "lo último que faltaba" era el memorando presidencial en el que Trump autoriza la reestructuración del organismo.
"Etats-Unis: un agent de la CIA démissionne et dénonce la politique de Trump" [United States: CIA agent resigns and denounces Trump's policy] (in French). L'Actualité. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Pour lui, c’est un cas de conscience : il ne peut plus servir dans un service de renseignement visiblement méprisé par le président. Et l’ancien agent de mettre en garde : « Si ce gouvernement choisit de faire cavalier seul et dit : "on s’en fiche des services des renseignement", il y a un vrai risque d’escalade de conflits sur plusieurs fronts. Et cette escalade pourrait mettre des vies en danger. »
- Raphael Binelli (2017-02-21). "Un alto esponente della Cia si dimette: "Non posso servire l'amministrazione Trump"" [A senior official of the CIA resigned: "I can not serve the administration Trump"] (in Italian). Il Giornale. Archived from the original on 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
"Un agent de la CIA démissionne et dénonce la politique de Trump" [CIA agent resigns and denounces Trump's policy] (in French). Abidjan. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Un agent de la CIA a démissionné en dénonçant la politique du président américain, Donald Trump.
- Mang Khup Ling (2017-02-20). "CIA agent pakhat nih Trump ruangah a rian a chuah tak" (in Javanese). Lai News. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
""Non posso servire in buona fede Trump". Alto dirigente della CIA si dimette con una lettera al WP" ["I can not serve in good faith Trump". Senior CIA officer resigns in a letter to WP] (in Italian). L'Anti Diplomatico. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
La migliore conclusione a questa lettera è quella che sceglie il blog Usa Zero Hedge: “Ha il Presidente Trump creato un ambiente che si auto-purifica?”
""Wollte CIA nie verlassen - dann kam Trump": US-Geheimagent quittiert seinen Job" ["CIA never wanted to leave - then came Trump": US secretary quits his job] (in German). Focus.de. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
In einer Kolumne der Washington Post erklärt der Geheimdienstanalyst Edward Price, warum er kürzlich nach über zehn Jahren bei der CIA gekündigt hat.
Seth Millstein (2017-02-20). "Who Is Edward Price? The CIA Agent Quit Because Of The Trump Administration". Bustle magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Price joined the CIA in 2006 and most recently worked as a spokesman for the National Security Council, yet Trump's actions over his first month in office caused Price to conclude that he "cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional."
- Edward Rosva (2017-02-21). "National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post". Salon magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Jon Sharman (2017-02-21). "CIA analyst quits after 11 years because of Donald Trump's 'disturbing' behaviour". The Independent (UK). Archived from the original on 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Edward Price joined up in 2006 and was "convinced that it was the ideal place to serve my country". He became a terrorism expert and worked under the George W Bush and Barack Obama administrations, recently serving on the staff of the National Security Council, and believed he would never leave.
Chris Sommerfeldt (2017-02-21). "Senior CIA analyst resigns because of President Trump's 'disturbing' actions in office". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
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.
David Hearst (2017-02-23). "CIA 'terrorist hunters' to quit in opposition to US president". Middle East Eye. Archived from the original on 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Contracted agents, some of whom run networks of sources within al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) group have either quit or threatened to quit amid frustration in the intelligence services since Trump took office last month.
Mary Louise Kelly (2017-02-20). "Disgusted By Trump, A CIA Officer Quits. How Many More Could Follow?". NPR. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Now Price is 34. And it was another vivid image that led him to quit: that of President Trump on Jan. 21, his first full day in office, delivering a speech at CIA headquarters in Northern Virginia. Trump chose to speak in front of the CIA's wall of stars — stars that honor CIA officers who died in the line of duty.
Christina Prignano (2017-02-21). "Departing CIA official says he resigned because of President Trump". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
But the final straw for Price was the reorganization of the National Security Council, which demoted intelligence officials and elevated Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, as a permanent member.
Amrita Khalid (2017-02-21). "CIA analyst resigns over Donald Trump". Daily Dot. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
The final straw for the former NSC spokesman was a controversial directive issued by Trump that re-organized the NSC's principals committee to include his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and exclude CIA director Mike Pompeo (newly confirmed by the Senate under Trump) and the Director of National Intelligence (expected to be former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)).
Bryan Logan (2017-02-20). "CIA analyst resigns, calls Trump's actions in office 'disturbing'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
In his column, Price expressed his disbelief with the manner in which Trump — both as a candidate and as president-elect — criticized the US intelligence community over its conclusion that Russia attempted to influence the US election.
- "WAC - Beta - Secondary Page - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth". www.dfwworld.org. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- "Ned Price LinkedIn". LinkedIn. March 1, 2017.[dead link]
- "Ned Price". trumanproject.org. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
Dana Liebelson, Chris Mooney (2013-07-17). "CIA Backs $630,000 Scientific Study on Controlling Global Climate: Conspiracy theorists, rejoice!". Mother Jones magazine. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Edward Price, a spokesman for the CIA, refused to confirm the agency's role in the study, but said, "It's natural that on a subject like climate change the Agency would work with scientists to better understand the phenomenon and its implications on national security."
- "BREAKING: CIA Analyst Resigns Over Trump's 'Disturbing' Actions, But There's A MAJOR Problem". The Political Cult. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- West Wingers | PenguinRandomHouse.com.
Adelle Nazarian (2017-02-22). "CIA Analyst, Hillary Donor: 'I Quit Because of Trump' but Decision Wasn't Political". Washington DC: Breitbart News. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
However, public records indicate Price has been listed as a registered Democrat in D.C. since 2008. Further, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that Price donated thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Peter Hasson (2017-02-21). "CIA Analyst Who Quit Over Trump Is A Hillary Donor". Daily Caller. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
Price’s column — entitled “I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit” — did not mention that he gave thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign against Trump last fall.
- "Why Did The Washington Post Let Democrat Operative Edward Price Lie To Their Readers?". RedState. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
- Rozsa, Matthew. "National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post". Salon. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- Price, Ned (July 14, 2017). "Why Does Jared Kushner Still Have a Security Clearance?". Politico Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
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