CIA nominee pledges to provide 'unvarnished' intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The candidate of President Joe Biden to run the CIA told legislators Wednesday he would keep politics away from work and send lawmakers and policymakers unveiled intelligence.

William Burns told the Senate Intelligence Committee members, "I have found that politics needs to end where intelligence work starts.

"That's just what Biden expects from the CIA."

"wants the agency to give it to him straight, and I plan to do just that and to defend those who do the same." said Burns.

Burns' remarks were aimed at comparing with the previous administration, where President Donald Trump faced repetitive allegations of politizing intelligence, and he openly challenged his own intelligence services' findings, particularly on Russia's electoral aggression.

Burns was a retired Russian and Jordanian diplomat, working in the State Department under Democratic and Republican Leaders for more than 30 years.

His well-known diplomatic position is likely to be confirmed.

He understood that at the time of numerous international security challenges, including from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, he would return to the cabinet.

A day after the lawmakers had held a hearing on Russian hackers targeting the US business sector and federal government departments, Burns appeared before the commission.

He said attack was "a very harsh wake-up call for the vulnerabilities of supply chains and critical infrastructure." He said the CIA had to work even harder to track and deter cyber operations overseas, support to allocate responsibility and create capability.

He also said that "outcompeting China" will be a key priority for national security in the coming years.