Bernie Sanders Defends His Criticism of the CIA

Source: TeleSUR
February 24 2016

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders | Photo: Reuters

“I do have some concerns about past activities of the CIA,’ Sanders told host Chris Cuomo. ‘Which, continues, by the way, to the present,’ the Vermont senator added.”

Sanders voiced concerns about the CIA on Tuesday, which he said overthrew democratically-elected leaders for moneyed interests.

During a CNN Town Hall debate on Tuesday democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders defended his 1974 critique of the Central Intelligence Agency as “a dangerous institution that has got to go.”

When CNN reporter Chris Cuomo asked Bernie Sanders about the comments he made about the CIA in the 1970s, Sanders replied saying ‘‘that was 40 years ago’’ and that he believes the CIA plays ‘‘an important role.’’

Still uncomfortable with the role of the CIA

However, later during his comments Sanders stated that he is still uncomfortable with the role of the CIA.

RELATED: 5 CIA Crimes in Latin America

“I do have some concerns about past activities of the CIA,’ Sanders told host Chris Cuomo. ‘Which, continues, by the way, to the present,’ the Vermont senator added.”

Sanders cited two seperate examples of CIA involvement in overthrowing democratically elected governments.

Iran

The Vermont Senator first pointed to Iran’s Mohammad Mossadeq, a democratically elected prime minister who was overthrown in 1953, with CIA documents later confirming the agency’s role.

iran 1953 coup.jpg“The CIA was involved in the overthrow of a gentleman named Mohammad Mosaddegh way back when in Iran,” Sanders explained. “Overthrew him on behalf of British oil.”

Chile

Later, Sanders highlighted the CIA´s role in the overthrow of former Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973, stating “He was a democratic candidate, he won a fair election, the CIA overthrew him.”

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His comments take place as Sanders and his opponent Hillary Clinton gear up for
Saturday’s South Carolina primary.

2 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders Defends His Criticism of the CIA

  1. Reblogged this on Dear Kitty. Some blog and commented:

    This May 2015 video is called Bernie Sanders Explains How The CIA Destroyed Democracy In Latin America.

    This report below here does not mention Bernie Sanders’ comments (if there were any in the Cuomo interview) about the CIA’s recent torture, reported on by the United States Senate; about the CIA spying on US Senators who are supposed to monitor it, while legally the CIA is not allowed to spy inside the USA; etc.

  2. Pingback: Bernie Sanders Defends His Criticism of the CIA | DHS News

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