Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell says a nuclear war with Russia, a biological weapons attack and climate change are the existential threats the United States is facing.
Morell, who served as the deputy director of the CIA as well as its acting director twice, first in 2011 and then from 2012 to 2013, made the remarks in a podcast with Pod Save the World on Thursday.
The 59-year-old warned the United States was failing to pay attention to longer term issues, and said nuclear exchange with Russia was still a threat that had the capacity to “destroy” the US.
“The second is a naturally occurring or man-made biological agent that kills 60 to 70 per cent of the population,” he said. “We don’t spend enough time on that.”
“And then the third, and some people may laugh at this but it’s absolutely true, is climate change. It’s an existential threat to the United States of America and if you don’t believe me look at…