PressTV-Ex-spy chief justifies US meddling in foreign polls

Former director of US national intelligence James Clapper, who has fiercely slammed alleged Russian interference in American 2016 presidential election, has justified US own meddling in elections of over 80 nations across the globe over the years as to the “best interests” of targeted countries.

“Through our history, when we tried to manipulate or influence elections or even overturned governments, it was done with the best interests of the people in that country in mind – given the traditional reverence for human rights,” Clapper claimed during an interview with US-based Bloomberg news outlet on Saturday.

He made the remarks in response to a question challenging Washington’s own history of interfering in foreign electoral processes as well as plotting to overthrow popularly-elected heads of states that did not serve US interests.

The comments by Clapper — who notably lied about National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass…

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