CIA’s Burns Has a Long History With Russia’s Putin Which Gives Him Special Insight

From a story on by Nahal Toosi headlined “CIA chiefs long history with Putin gives him special insight”:

Half of Washington, D.C., is in the business of analyzing Vladimir Putin’s every word and move these days. But when CIA Director William Burns speaks of the Russian leader, an autocrat waging a brutal war on Ukraine, his words carry unusual weight.

Putin is the epitome of a “peculiarly Russian combination of qualities”: “cocky, cranky, aggrieved and insecure,” Burns has written. The Kremlin chief is “an apostle of payback,” Burns has declared.