CIA That Funded the 'Moderate Muslim Brotherhood' Narrative Opposed to the Group's Terror Designation

The CIA has published an analysis claiming that designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization could "fuel extremism," Politico is reporting today.

Quite conveniently, this internal CIA analysis found its way into the hands of Politico reporters.

But oddly, the article fails to mention that the CIA and the U.S. intelligence community were directly involved in funding the experts who pushed the bogus "moderate Muslim Brotherhood" narrative beginning in the latter end of the Bush administration.

This hand-wringing is in response to reports that the Trump administration is actively discussing such a designation.

Needless to say, the Washington, D.C. foreign policy "smart set" and the media who have been openly disdainful of the White House's considerations are wetting themselves at news of the CIA's analysis.

According to our late PJ Media colleague Barry Rubin, the CIA paid for the research and travel expenses for then-Nixon Center researcher Robert Leiken and his younger colleague Stephen Brooke to travel around the Middle East and Europe meeting with Muslim Brotherhood leaders. They reportedly met with Muslim Brotherhood members in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, the UK, Spain, and elsewhere.

This resulted in a still-classified paper commissioned by the National Intelligence Council and, according to Barry Rubin, paid for through a CIA contract. Barry Rubin was hired to write the rebuttal to the Leiken/Brooke paper.

This became the basis for an article by Leiken and Brooke in the March/April 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs entitled, "The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood." This one article became the basis for virtually every single talking point in support of the Muslim Brotherhood parroted by the "smart set" and the media.

At the time, I wrote a three-part criticism of the Leiken/Brooke Foreign Affairs article. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

There is proof of Barry's claim about the U.S. intelligence community's role in hyping the "moderate Muslim Brotherhood" narrative, namely the admission by Leiken himself.