A top intelligence official says he wants to pull back the curtain of secrecy to let Americans see more clearly what it is intelligence agencies do, and how they do it.
“We’ve allowed our detractors to frame the national debate and cast us as the villains,” said Donald Kerr, the No. 2 official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
“We in the intelligence community are not winning hearts and minds in the U.S. We’re not even trying. That’s what bothers me most.”
It was a wistful call to restore public trust in a community tarnished by its own actions and by allegations of misdeeds that feed on secrecy.