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Thoughts on Leon Panetta


"Leon Panetta, the CIA director being considered on Thursday for the position of Secretary of Defense, had a previously undisclosed personal and friendly relationship with Hugh DeLacy, a prominent member of the Communist Party USA. DeLacy visited such countries as China and Nicaragua and was himself a personal contact of identified Soviet spies Solomon Adler and Frank Coe and accused spy John Stewart Service. Panetta spoke at DeLacyâ??s memorial service, directed a series of letters to him personally as â??Dear Hugh,â?? and placed a tribute to him in the Congressional Record."

"One â??Dear Hughâ?? letter from then-Rep. Panetta to DeLacy offered a summary of a report on U.S. military operations that Panetta said was â??unavailable for distribution.â?? Panetta concludes the March 24, 1977, letter, â??If there is anything I can do for you in the future, Hugh, please feel free to call on me.â??



Not surprising. He was an Obama political appointee with literally no intelligence experience whatsoever. Good article.