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The outgoing administration of Donald Trump prevented President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team from meeting with their counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior official familiar with the discussions, reported The Washington Post.
The slowdown means that Biden’s team has not yet been able to meet with officials from military intelligence agencies within the Defense Department, including the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), even as all other meetings of the new cabinet teams seem to be going smoothly after weeks of delay.
But the Pentagon denied any effort to hinder the president-elect’s team. A senior defense official told CNN that yesterday briefings had been held for transition officials on military affairs, including high-level politics and international security issues, but not about intelligence.
The delays come even as the General Services Administration gave the green light on Nov. 23 to federal agency officials from across the government to meet with the president-elect’s Agency Review Teams, essential step to ensure a smooth transfer of power.
Arrangements were made in late November for Biden’s team to meet with the various defense intelligence agencies this week, the unnamed former intelligence official said.
But earlier in the week, word came from the Pentagon that Biden’s team would not have any encounters with defense intelligence agencies until they had dispatched questions in advance and listed the names of the people I wanted to interact with.
Ned Price, a spokesman for Biden’s transition team, declined to give details to the press. The DIA and NSA agencies also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pentagon blocks visits to military spy agencies by Biden transition team https://t.co/9qksqJoo5u
– The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 4, 2020
The Trump administration prevented President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team from meeting with its counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, a source says https://t.co/emoaLdCEnk
– CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 5, 2020