June 26th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Amanpour and Robert Gates

The former head of both the CIA and Pentagon, Robert Gates, weighed in on the events surrounding fugitive leaker Edward Snowden in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“If you can’t ultimately trust people then you’re in real trouble,” Gates told Amanpour. “And the consequence of that is you will have a narrowing and a narrowing of the information that’s made available to people for analysis, and for decision making, as people try to protect that information. And you will be back in the same kind of situation that we apparently had prior to 9/11, where you don’t have the ability for people with the broad enough access to connect the dots.”

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  1. Mark Olarte

    It’s onerous to seek out educated folks on this subject, but you sound like you understand what you’re talking about! Thanks


    February 23, 2021 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  2. helenecha

    Glad to see the saying from former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Good for him! All people would like to be trusted. Let's always think of those people - the ones who have a wide knowledge of what you trust, the ones who think that it is respectable to what we trust.

    June 29, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  3. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • chrissy

      Well put, John. Thank you.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply

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