September 23rd, 2008
05:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin briefed by Director of National Intelligence

Sarah Palin was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence prior to her meeting heads of state today.
Sarah Palin was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence prior to her meeting heads of state today.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Before heading out for a trio of well-publicized meetings with foreign dignitaries on Tuesday, Sarah Palin received a national security briefing from the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Michael McConnell, who met with the governor this morning in her New York hotel.

Palin’s top foreign policy adviser informed reporters of the meeting at a small briefing following Palin’s visits with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The adviser, Stephen Biegun, formerly a senior official on the National Security Council under President Bush, characterized the intelligence briefing as “routine” and said it was the sort of meeting that “is standard for candidates for the vice president and president.” Biegun said several officials were present to brief Palin.

Palin then departed her hotel for a series of motorcade trips around Manhattan, visiting with foreign leaders for the first time in her career.

“These are relationships that she intuitively understands are very important for the next President and Vice President of the United States,” Biegun said of the meetings.

In those get-togethers, Palin kept the focus primarily on energy issues and the growing influence of Russia, according to Biegun. Palin found Kissinger particularly engrossing - their meeting had been scheduled to last 30 minutes, but the two met for nearly an hour and a half.

“In talking to Dr. Kissinger,” Biegun said, “she certainly had a lot of questions about how the United States can develop a cooperative relationship with Russia, what are some of the unique challenges to the current state of Russia's political development, and having been in particular, some of the recent developments we've seen with Russia - backsliding democracy, Russia’s incursion into Georgia.”

Asked about her meetings with Karzai and Uribe, Biegun said Palin “liked them very much” and “established a great personal rapport.”

With Karzai, Palin chatted for half an hour about John McCain’s desire to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. With Uribe, she listened for about 20 minutes as the president discussed the country’s security situation and its handling of the FARC guerillas.

According to Biegun, “rather than make specific policy prescriptions, she was largely listening, having an exchange of views, and also very interested in forming a relationship with people she met with today.”

Biegun, who is helping prepare Palin for her debate with Sen. Joseph Biden on October 2 in St. Louis, would not say what specific topics the governor was concentrating on in her study sessions.


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  1. Real Real Change

    "Ah Jeez Boy you guys sure know alot of stuff. So have you got spies and stuff like that?"

    September 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Frank

    Fitted for her training wheels, was she?

    September 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Obama Knows How to Fix the Economy

    Cool.

    Now Hamid Karzai knows the Republican VP candidate better than the American people.

    Answer some questions for reporters Sarah!

    This is getting ridiculous.

    September 23, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. EDW

    “Only in Republican America would a black man with a law degree from Harvard, 12 years in politics, four years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and manager of one of the most impressively flawless and forward thinking presidential campaigns ever not be ready for the presidency while a white female evangelical with 19 months in national politics and a bachelors in journalism is considered ‘ready on day one’.”

    September 23, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. the other jd

    This is insane. Totally insane. This woman is not ready to be a leader in the world. She wasn't even ready to be the mayor of a small town.

    September 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. D

    Palin avoided the Press once again and went back to her hotel to find these countries on a map.

    September 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Ally

    You've got to be kidding?!??!

    September 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. guythegood

    George Dubya must be ripping up a couple of IOUs. Did you take a look at the list ? Uribe, Talabani, Karzai, Sakashvili all those who entirely dependant on the US, financially, politically, militarily. Not exactly facing Putin yet, is she ? Strictly softball.

    September 23, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Daniel va

    What a joke, I am laughing so loud even my cat is hiding under the couch..ohohohohohhohihihihihiih

    September 23, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. jim

    WE LOVE YOU SARAH!

    September 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Rick

    Whatever you do Admiral, do not brief Obama and Biden on our national security secrets. Those two nitwits have no business knowing any national security secrets.

    September 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Maddie

    Sarah is no longer funny. She has offically become dangerous. The laughter needs to stop here, this campagin is out-of-control and the Republican ticket is a mess!

    September 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Paula

    Do I seriously want a VP who is meeting foreign leaders for the first time in half hour sessions a month before the election? Do I want a VP who has limited travel experience outside the US? I think not!! Wait up folks to the insane decision to have such a poor representative of our great country.

    September 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Accountability

    You can teach a pit bull to fetch as well....

    September 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. KJL

    Why are they bothering? Didn't McCain tell us this woman knows all she needs to know to be president?

    September 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. joyce

    QUALIFIED

    HELL NO

    September 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Lisa

    This political campaign has hit an all-time LOW.
    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. sophia nyc

    why were no cameras allowed?

    September 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. My Common Sense Actually Works

    I believe I can be ready to be a vice president in 6 hours tops!

    September 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. WhoIsPalin?

    Who do these CLOWNS think they are fooling? Not this time send CARIBOU BARBIE back to ALASKA. Can't wait for Nov 4 to vote OBAMA-BIDEN the real deal!!

    September 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Paula

    Do I seriously want a VP who is meeting foreign leaders for the first time in half hour sessions a month before the election? Do I want a VP who has limited travel experience outside the US? I think not!! Wait up folks to the insane decision to have such a poor representative of our great country.

    September 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. pmn

    Paliin: Oh, that's just Todd, my husband, he comes to all my meetings you know.

    September 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. November 4, 2008

    Hard core Bush-Cheney-McCain-Palin supporters – let me be the first to tell you the truth – it is over! People just had enough of your BS! In just 42 days Obama will win and Democrats will be in control of the Senate and Congress!

    September 23, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. White Couple for Obama!!

    Palin’s top foreign policy adviser The adviser, Stephen Biegun, formerly a top member of the National Security Council under President Bush, THAT SAYS IT ALL!!!

    visiting with foreign leaders for the first time in her career.

    She is just cramming it all in LOL... that is NOT experience!! and its CERTAINLY isnt a Clas on Foreign Countries to give her any knowledge that is going to help her in her position.

    I dont like McCain and Palin and I wont vote for them. I cant wait til the Palin and Biden debate!!! This is going to be fun for me!!

    September 23, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Cindy

    I'm more curious to know what these people thought of her. Not that they want to influence the election or anything like that....

    September 23, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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