US-UK intelligence co-operation in the age of Trump


TIME:  12:00-13:00, 13th September 2017

VENUE: Committee Room 12, House of Commons
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA


General Michael Hayden

Principal, The Chertoff Group
Former Director of the CIA and the NSA

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The American Intelligence Community has received a lot of coverage in the media this year. Since taking office, the Trump administration has clashed publicly with representatives of various intelligence agencies, most notably over the CIA’s assessment that Russian sponsored hacking was intended to aid Trump win the White House.

At the same time, the longstanding partnership between the United States and the UK has come under unexpected strain. In March of this year Fox news reported that President Obama had asked GCHQ, via the NSA, to spy on Donald Trump during the Presidential campaign in 2016. The story was denied vehemently by President Obama, NSA Director Michael Rogers, then-FBI Director James Comey, and drew a rare rebuke from GCHQ itself. Just months later, Home Secretary Amber Rudd was deeply critical of American partners for allowing photos of the Manchester bombing investigation to be released to the press, in violation of the ‘control principle’.

Whilst these incident have done little tangible harm to the relations between US and intelligence agencies, they have demonstrated that the Trump era may pose unique and disruptive challenges, both in Washington and London.

By kind invitation of Henry Smith MP, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the CIA and the NSA who will discuss the current state of the American Intelligence Community and its relationships with foreign partners.

Gen. HaydenGeneral Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge. Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. He is on the board of directors of Motorola Solutions and serves on a variety of other boards and consultancies. In 2013, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) awarded Hayden the 29th annual William Oliver Baker Award.  General Hayden is also the first recipient of the Helms Award presented by the CIA Officers’ Memorial Foundation.  His recent memoir, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, has been a New York Times best-seller and was recently selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016.


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