Michael Morell

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Person.png Michael Morell   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornMichael Joseph Morell
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Akron, Georgetown University
Member ofAlliance for Securing Democracy, Atlantic Council/Board, PIAB
33 years in the CIA, twice acting director

Employment.png Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In office
November 9, 2012 - March 8, 2013
Preceded byDavid Petraeus
Succeeded byJohn Brennan

Employment.png Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In office
July 1, 2011 - September 6, 2011
Preceded byLeon Panetta
Succeeded byDavid Petraeus

Michael Morell is a former CIA acting director (DCI) and CIA deputy director. He is now the Global Chairman of the Geo-Political Risk Practice at consulting firm Beacon Global Strategies LLC in Washington DC.[1]


Mike Morell joined the CIA in 1980 and spent 33 years there.[2]


In August of 2016 he stated on US television, on the Charlie Rose show, that he wanted to assassinate people close to Bashar al Assad and Russian and Iranian military personnel on the ground in Syria: [3][4]

"But I'd give them [ie those directing US policy in Syria, the moderate opposition/rebels] the things that they need to both go after the Assad government, but also to have the Iranians and the Russians pay a little price. When we were in Iraq, the Iranians were giving weapons to the Shi'a militia who were killing American soldiers, right. The Iranians were making us pay a price. We need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria. We need to make the Russians pay a price. [...] you want to covertly tell the moderate opposition that you're supporting to go after -- this is a big deal -- to go after the Russians and the Iranians who are on the ground. They got to pay a price for what they're doing. Just like we made the Russians pay a price in Afghanistan for what they're doing. [...] You don't tell the world about it, right. You don't stand up at the Pentagon and say we did this. Here's the other thing I want to do, I want to go after -- I want to go after those things that Assad sees as his personal power base, right. I want to scare Assad. So, I want to -- I want to go after his presidential guard. I want to bomb his offices in the middle of the night. [...] I want to destroy his presidential aircraft on the ground. I want to destroy his presidential helicopters. I want to make him think we're coming after him, right. I'm not advocating assassinating him, I'm not advocating that. I'm advocating going after that what he thinks is his power base,"

One month after setting out this murderous agenda Vladimir Putin's "favourite chauffeur" was killed in a highly suspicious head on collision with an oncoming car.[5][6]


On 11 August 2023, Chris Williamson tweeted:

Just imagine a Russian, Iranian, or Syrian spokesman saying this:
"We need to kill #Iranians and #Russians, but do it covertly"
"I want to blow up Assad's offices in the middle of the night"
Former CIA director Mike Morell shows the true terrorist nature of the CIA #Iran #Russia #Syria[7]

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