Pentagon blocks Team Biden from meeting with military intel agencies
The Pentagon has so far blocked meetings between the Biden transition team and officials with the intelligence agencies that are part of the Department of Defense, according to two new reports.
owever, defense officials and the Biden team differ on the reason why the meetings have not yet taken place.
Presumptive potential President-elect Joe Biden has formed a transition team that to facilitate a transfer of power. The General Services Administration has been given a green light to assist the transition team and meetings have been taking place with various agencies.
However, Biden’s transition officials have not yet met with representatives of the military intelligence agencies that are part of the Defense Department such the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, according to CNN.
In its reporting, CNN framed the delay as the fault of the Trump administration, basing its report on what it terms as “a former senior intelligence official familiar with intelligence transition discussions.”
CNN reported that what it called a “senior defense official” said that the transition team has been briefed on some facets of the Defense Department’s work, but not yet on intelligence.
The Washington Post called the issues that delayed the meeting “seemingly petty procedural barriers” that included information about who would be visiting the Pentagon and what would be discussed.
“If they were in a cooperative mood, none of this would be happening,” the Post wrote, citing what is claimed was a “person with knowl….