Former CIA agent, whistleblower to speak in Sarasota
SARASOTA - A Former CIA whistleblower will be speaking here on the Suncoast.
Melvin Goodman takes a jab at President Donald Trump by applauding the still-anonymous CIA agent who pulled the trigger on President Trump's controversial phone call in July to Ukraine's new president.
Goodman, who enjoyed a 24-year career with the Agency, knows of what he speaks. He was once a whistleblower himself. And at 7 p.m. on Friday, the former chief of the CIA's Soviet Union division will speak at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota.
The 83-year-old author, who joined the CIA in 1966, found himself in a similar professional quandary as the USSR began to disintegrate 30 years ago.
He was concerned about the Reagan administration's massive defense spending to counter the rapidly fraying Soviet threat. He says the CIA Director presented a skewed portrait of America's top rival.
Unable to get Reagan's top officials to quit ingesting bad information, Goodman left the CIA in frustration.