Headline RoundupNovember 29th, 2023

Top CIA Official Posted Pro-Palestine Image on Her Facebook Profile

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A senior Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official posted pro-Palestine images on her Facebook account, according to multiple reports.

The Details: The official deleted the posts after media inquiries, according to the Financial Times (Center bias). On Oct. 21, she changed her Facebook cover photo to a man waving a Palestinian flag, and in an older post, she published a selfie with a "Free Palestine" sticker superimposed on the photo. The Free Beacon (Right bias) reported that the CIA confirmed the official as being Amy McFadden, associate deputy director for analysis.

Key Quotes: Several sources highlighted an anonymous official who reportedly said McFadden has "extensive background in all aspects of the Middle East and this post was not intended to express a position on the conflict." 

For Context: McFadden had previously overseen the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified intelligence compilation presented to the president most days.

How the Media Covered it: Left- and center-rated sources often didn't name McFadden, and in some cases said the agency expressed concerns for her safety. The left and center also highlighted an anonymous official who said McFadden has also "posted messages condemning antisemitism." Center- and right-rated sources were more likely to suggest that a senior CIA official making a political social media post is highly unusual. Right-rated outlets were more likely to name McFadden and often described her resume and CIA responsibilities in detail. NBC News (Lean Left bias) highlighted an anonymous source who said McFadden hadn't been disciplined. 

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