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Daniel N. Hoffman

Daniel N. Hoffman

Daniel N. Hoffman is a retired clandestine services officer and former chief of station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of government service included high-level overseas and domestic positions at the CIA. He has been a Fox News contributor since May 2018.

Articles by Daniel N. Hoffman

Mustafa al-Kadhimi (The Media Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)

Iraq's promising new leader deserves our support

The Iraqi parliament's approval last month of a new government under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was a welcome development for a country devastated by terrorism, decades of violence and corruption. Published June 4, 2020

Lessons learned from the Steele dossier fiasco

It has taken too many years, but the infamous Steele dossier has been finally and thoroughly discredited, but not before inflicting great harm on our political process. Published May 7, 2020

Vendors wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus and wait for customers at a night market in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Democratic Taiwan rises to virus challenge despite Beijing's hostility

Taiwan implemented a comprehensive plan created in the aftermath of the SARS epidemic in 2003, fortifying the roof, as the British are fond of saying, when it was sunny. At the first notification that a new virus strain had appeared in China, Taiwan reacted with efficiency and alacrity. Published March 26, 2020

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks by video with patients and medical workers at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. China's president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of recession. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP) **FILE**

Xi's Chernobyl exposes China's fatal vulnerabilities

Three-plus decades later, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed Communist China's fault lines, lines eerily similar to the Soviet Union's. There are the same obsequious political apparatchiks, the same brittle and opaque bureaucracy, and the same state-controlled media deployed not to inform the public but to preserve the regime's control and protect the regime's image abroad. Published March 12, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with President Obama in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2016 in this file photo. (Associated Press) **FILE**

We can't repeat Obama's Russia failures in 2020 vote

The 2020 presidential election is in the Kremlin's crosshairs. Following DNI official Shelby Pierson's recent classified briefing to lawmakers, rumors are swirling about Russia aid to President Trump and Democratic front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders. It appears Mr. Putin again is purposely advertising Kremlin interference to tarnish the candidates' reputations and sow chaos here. Published February 27, 2020

CIA Director Gina Haspel leads a team that runs the spies behind enemy lines and produces the analysis on which President Trump and his team rely. (Associated Press/File)

Recent strikes reveal central role of honest intelligence

The recent successful U.S. strikes against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and top Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani have highlighted the crucial, multifaceted role of the intelligence community in U.S. national security. Published January 30, 2020

Former Iranian hostage William J. Daugherty stands Wednesday June 29, 2005, in front of his home in Savannah, Ga. Daugherty, a retired CIA staff officer, was held hostage in Iran for 444 days after the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by Iranian militants. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton) **FILE**

U.S. hostages of Iran embassy takeover deserve compensation

There is no question that 9/11 victims deserve restitution, but it shouldn't come at the expense of our fellow U.S. citizens who were held hostage in Iran. The attack and takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was the Iranian regime's first act of terrorism against the U.S. Published January 16, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who spent his formative years in the KGB and later served as director of Russia's FSB security police, wanted the world to know he was seeking to influence U.S. public opinion. (Associated Press/File)

Another suspect server story shows Putin's long reach

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who spent his formative years in the KGB and later served as director of Russia's FSB security police, wanted the world to know he was seeking to influence U.S. public opinion. Published January 2, 2020

This photo provided by his family shows Darren James LaBonte, 35, in Afghanistan in 2007. Mr. LaBonte was one of seven CIA employees who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a U.S. base in Khost, Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Courtesy of LaBonte's Family) ** FILE **

Remembering the brave CIA patriots killed in the 2009 Khost attacks

We honor our fallen colleagues by carrying on with the mission. That is why on Dec. 30, I remember our brave Khost Base patriots who gave their lives in service to a grateful nation, "far from home," as then-CIA Director Leon Panetta said, "doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism." Published December 26, 2019

A primer on China's spy war targeting the U.S. and the West

Rather than becoming the "responsible stakeholder" that U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick forecast in 2005, President Xi Jinping has chosen instead to unsheathe China's aggressive military, economic and political policies to confront the United States and its allies. Published December 12, 2019

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to Russian journalists after BRICS Business Council and the New Development Bank, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's baleful influence being felt far and near

There is hardly a U.S. news story which does not touch on Russia. Russia is everywhere, from the impeachment inquiry and election interference to the conflict in Syria. Published November 14, 2019

This image released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Department of Defense via AP)

Getting al-Baghdadi was big, but the fight's not over

On Oct. 27, U.S. Special Forces conducted a dangerous but extraordinarily effective raid resulting in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, without suffering a single casualty. Hours later, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, spokesman for the terror group, was killed in a precision U.S. airstrike. Published November 7, 2019

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. President Donald Trump's nominee faced questions about Russian election interference and the ouster of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at his Senate confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Plenty of work to do for Trump's new man in Moscow

This month President Trump nominated Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan to be the next ambassador to Russia. With a long and distinguished career in public service, including serving as acting secretary of state, Mr. Sullivan is an outstanding choice for one of the most complex and challenging of our senior diplomatic assignments. Published October 31, 2019

 In this Monday, April 10, 2017, file photo, the chief of the Ukrainian Central Bank Valeria Gontareva makes a statement on her resignation during a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian officials on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, lashed out at a parody song targeting Ukraine's former central bank chief Gontareva, and mocking an arson attack on her home, which was firebombed last month. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, File) ** FILE **

The biggest story out of Ukraine involves no Bidens or Trumps

The biggest scandal inside Ukraine -- perhaps one of the most consequential in all of Eastern Europe -- is a row between a courageous former central banker and a notorious oligarch. It is a high-stakes battle, with a clear cast of good and bad guys. Published October 24, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 1989 file photo two East German border guards patrolled atop of Berlin Wall with the illuminated Brandenburg Gate in background, in Berlin.   (AP Photo/Jockel Finck, file)

The lessons of Berlin must be learned again in Hong Kong

Early into what would become a three-decade career in government service, I was completing an escape-and-evasion training exercise in the woods on Nov. 9, 1989, when, after weeks of unrest, the East German government announced that its citizens could visit West Berlin. Published October 17, 2019