“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, Trump is being really dumb to do this.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (January 3 2017)
“The White House officials who told me this information were deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call. They told me that there was already a ‘discussion ongoing’ with White House lawyers about how to treat the call because of the likelihood, in the officials’ retelling, that they had witnessed the President abuse his office for personal gain.”
CIA Anonymous “whistleblower” (August 12 2019)
“That [Mark] Zaid is involved in this case leads me to believe that the CIA whistleblower is either an idiot who has no idea what he’s gotten himself into or he’s been directed to make his ‘disclosure’.”
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou
“Everyone knows who he is. CNN knows. The Washington Post knows. The New York Times knows. Congress knows. The White House knows. Even the president knows who he is. They’re hiding him. They’re hiding him because of his political bias.”
Fred Fleitz — Former CIA analyst and the former chief of staff for the National Security Council
Eric Ciaramella is a CIA analyst who specializes in Russia and Ukraine. It is not exactly a secret that Ciaramella is the CIA officer who submitted the complaint regarding the July 25th conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_Today
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On August 12 2019, Eric Ciaramella raised concerns that Trump had asked Zelensky during a July 25 2019 phone call to investigate former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden.
Ciaramella accuses Trump of forcing a quid pro quo in which aid to Ukraine would only be released if an investigation was launched.
In the past, Ciaramella has been accused of leaking information to the media about Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
He was also accused of being a major leaker while working with then-National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster.
He speaks Arabic and has worked directly with former CIA Director John Brennan.
Is Eric Ciaramella a real whistleblower or is he a Coup plotter? Tell us what you think!
Biography — Eric Ciaramella
Born 1986 — Prospect, Connecticut, United States
Education — Woodland Regional High School, Beacon Hills.
2004 — EC graduates from Chase Collegiate School, in Waterbury, Connecticut
2008 — EC majored in Russian and East European Studies at Yale University. (He later went to Harvard University and focused on Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia.)
2011 — Ciaramella worked at the World Bank after college, according to a 2011 publication by the international financial institution. World Bank report: “Russia: Reshaping Economic Geography,”
CIA — Eric Ciaramella joins the Central Intelligence Agency at some point during President Obama’s second term.
2015 — detailed over to the NSC (He worked for then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice.)
November 2015 — DNC opposition researchers [Steele Dossier] attend at least one White House meeting with Ciaramella.
Ciaramella is named as one of the officials who attended a White House meeting with Ukrainian religious leaders, along with his boss, Charles Kupchan. The Ukrainian religious leaders delivered a letter appealing to President Obama for aid for their country. Ciaramella is listed as the “NSC Director for Ukraine.” That position is now held by Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry, who listened to the call between President Trump and President Zelensky.
2016 — Ukraine desk at the National Security Council (NSC)
2016 October — Federal records show Biden’s office invited Ciaramella to an October 2016 state luncheon the vice president hosted for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Other invited guests included John Brennan, as well as then-FBI Director James Comey and then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper. (NB: The invitation to Ciaramella, a relatively low-level GS-13 federal employee, is very unusual and signals he is politically connected inside the Obama White House.)
2017 June — then-National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster appoints EC to be his personal aide. EC is posted in the White House’s West Wing. Dismissed amid concerns about negative leaks to the media, he returns to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
2017 October 5 — An email sent by Ciaramella while he was still assigned to the NSC was cited as a footnote in Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump investigation. The email was titled “(5/10/17 Email, Ciaramella to Kelly et al.),” but details of the email are not included in the redacted report.
2019 August 12 — EC submits a whistleblower complaint. EC did not have direct knowledge of the July 25th conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Languages — English, Ukrainian, Arabic, and Russian
Politics — Registered Democrat. Well connected to Alexander Chalupa (Researcher, Democratic National Committee).
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