Following President Biden’s recent meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, we’re rebroadcasting our timely podcast discussion with Robert Dannenberg, who served in the CIA for 24 years. He discusses Putin's history and worldview, how he views NATO and the United States, and why Russia launched interference campaigns against US elections.
To hear Part 2 of this interview, check out “Politics of Putin Part 2: Attacking American Elections.”
This episode references:
- "Alexei Navalny: Russia opposition leader poisoned with Novichok - Germany" BBC, September 2, 2020
- "Trolls, tracking and films: How Putin's Russia obsessively hounded opposition leader Navalny" Washington Post, August 29, 2020
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election, Volumes 1-5
- Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public, August 7, 2020
Robert Dannenberg is a former CIA officer who served as Chief of Operations for the Counter Terrorism Center, Chief of the Central Eurasia Division and Chief of the CIA’s Information Operations Center.