December 5th According to sources quoted by the U.S. media, the current U.S. government blocked the meeting between President-elect Biden’s transition team and his DoD intelligence colleagues this week. U.S. media pointed out that this means that Biden has not been able to meet with officials from the military intelligence agencies of the Department of Defense, including the National Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
Biden’s team had arranged to meet with officials from several defense agencies this week, according to CNN, citing a former senior intelligence official. But earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Defense reported that the Biden team would not contact defense intelligence unless they submitted questions in advance and listed the people they wanted to contact. At that time, the Biden team’s requests will also be reviewed by the Department of Defense’s general counsel, among others.” This is a big problem facing the Ministry of Defense and the incoming intelligence agency transition team,” the former official revealed.
So far, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Sue Gough has denied any problems with the Biden team’s meeting with DoD intelligence officials, while a spokesman for the Biden transition team declined to comment. A senior defense official told CNN that they had held briefings on military affairs for transitional officials on the 4th, covering high-level policies and international security issues, but there was no briefing on intelligence.
U.S. media pointed out that since Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on November 9, he has dismissed at least three senior officials and replaced them with his cronies. Trump also removed two members of the Defense Department of Advisors and elected his former campaign manager to one of them.