Former CIA director speaks to Sarasota audience

Isabel Mascareñas, WTSP
SARASOTA, Fla. — The first of five guest speakers for the Ringling College Library Association Townhall Lecture series comes in the middle of a government shutdown.

Former CIA director John Brennan spoke at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center this morning about a variety of issues impacting our country.

Brennan answered questions about the investigation into the Trump Administration’s alleged collusion with Russia’s Intelligence Services.

Brennan said, “I think we have to be very aware and mindful of Russian activity, not just Russian but others who try to take advantage right now of the cyber environment so that they can exploit and manipulate the democratic processes of many counties. We know Russia has done it at times with European countries…exploited opportunities in the media. Politicians have to be on guard against it and put in place safeguards.”

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