, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency who served as acting director twice, wrote in a New York Times editorial
today that he was endorsing Hillary Clinton for president because Donald Trump was an "unwitting agent" of Russia.
Morrell notes in the editorial that he had served under three Republicans and three Democrats, is not registered to either party, and has voted for candidates of both parties. He has never before gone public about his preference for president.
This year, he says, is different. Clinton is "highly qualified to be commander in chief," he argued, while "Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security. ... the character traits he has exhibited during the primary season suggest he would be a poor, even dangerous, commander in chief."
Trump's behavior, Morrell argues, "is already damaging our national security." He writes that Vladimir Putin had "played upon Mr. Trump's vulnerabilities. ... In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation."