Ex-CIA chief slams Cruz over Iran assassination remarks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former CIA director John Brennan

Former CIA head John Brennan has blasted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over the assassination of a prominent Iranian scientist, describing the state-sponsored killing of a scientist as a "criminal" act.

Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated outside the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday.

The former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency described the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist on Friday as a crime that risked to inflame regional conflict in the Middle East.

“This was a criminal act & highly reckless. It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict. Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage & to resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits,” tweeted Brennan, who ran the CIA under President Barack Obama from 2013-2017. 

Israel has been blamed as the culprit behind the terrorist attack.

Brennan said he didn’t know whether a foreign government authorized or carried out the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, but said, “Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation of international law & encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials.”

The former head of the CIA also went on to slam Cruz for claiming Brennan was close to Democrats and had consistently sided with Iranians who chanted "Death to America.”

Brennan said the Texan senator was unruly and naive.

“It is typical for you to mischaracterize my comment,” Brennan responded to Cruz.

Brennan added that the Texan senator had a “lawless attitude & simple-minded approach to serious national security matters.”

The former head of the CIA said his 33-year public service, during both Republican and Democratic governments, proved that he had consistently pursued Washington's anti-Iran, pro-Israel foreign policy.

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