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. darko

    Let's see what nasty comments the Obamatards can come up with on this one.

    When will CNN report on Obama pleading with the Iraqis to delay the troop withdrawals until after the election so he can look good if he wins.

    Pandering and Treasonous and NO reports from the mainstream!

    September 23, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Chuck

    So?

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. CHAD

    I'm still not convinced on her. She is way too secretive and inexperienced for me. At least Obama has experience in Judgement. Sarah "heck no" Palin has experience in nothing except creating debt for Alaska.

    No McCain, No Palin, No Way

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. youth vote

    SARA PALIN met with her first foreign leader 40 before the election... is this a joke

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. LYNETTE IN CA

    This is as staged as it gets! It's a castatrophe in the making!

    Sorry – get lost!

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. youth vote

    SARA PALIN met with her first foreign leader 40 days before the election… is this a joke

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. We love Sarah

    What a fraud!

    This is the best that the republicans can come up with?!

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. JohnS

    Caribou Barbie?

    Now she can see Russia from her house window and even met wit some of these leaders today. Now she is a real expert in foreign policy.

    I can see the smear and AD from the GOP and Fox News.

    WAKE UP AMERICA........

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    Hey, she liked them! Isn't that great! Duhbya liked Putin, too. That personal rapport goes a long way, doesn't it?

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Her head must be spinning. I'm glad she enjoyed her meeting with Karzai and Uribe. I wonder if she looked into their souls.

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Chris

    "their meeting had been scheduled to last 30 minutes, but the two met for nearly an hour and a half"... in other words, for a normal person it should take 30 minutes, for Palin... 3 times more. It cleraly reflects her intelligence and knowledge of the issues.

    September 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Unbelievable!

    She is so scary to me... almost as much as McCain. I pray people will be wise and not let them happen to America.

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. NickH

    Call me crazy but I prefer a VP has more than a weekend workshop worth of knowledge when it comes foreign policy.
    It's almost laughable how the Repubes are trotting this out as anything solid.

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. nelda

    Media coverage was ONLY allowed for 29 SECONDS largely because McCain was afraid of a poor performance from Palin. Doesn't this suggest McCain's lack of confidence in his VP,...whom he says "is ready for the Presidency." They are both laughable.

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. John

    I wonder if this candidate understood what the meaning of the information she was being briefed on I very much doubt it, National security ain't Hockey team strategy.

    Does she even know where Afghanistan is???

    This VP has to be the biggest joke in history!!!

    As Maisey would say "Good grief Charlie Brown".

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Rodger

    The blind leading the blind! I think it would take 2-4 years to bring her up to speed...and with her taking advice from McCain...she will never get it!!!!

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Tracy

    Sarah:

    Get some "intelligence" for Biden. The idiot wants to send coal plants to China.

    Thinks FDR was on television.

    Thinks AIG bailout should NOT happen.

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. bob in L.A.

    Who really knows how these meetings went? They kept the press at bay and in the tradition of China and Korea only allowed access as the McCain camp saw fit.
    We are not electign a Chairman or Premier in November. The American people have the right to know how this woman represents this country before we vote.
    She found great personal rappport and Bush can see souls thorugh someone's eyes. We're running a freak show!

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. GeorgeAnne

    The Republican ticket is an absolute mess!

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Marilyn

    Are the taxpayers paying for this guy Biegun to teach palin? Is this where our money is going?

    CNN, please post this

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Paizley

    that's just the thing.....Palin needs to study up and Biden already knows all of this stuff. Seeing as though she went to 5 different colleges in six years to get one degree, she might not be the best student. Still it remains to be seen.

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. JC

    Ok, when can we talk to HER about what she said, what she thinks, what she's doing? I am sick of hearing from her campaign and her advisers. If you are so tough and smart, speak for yourself.

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. kl4Obama

    huh...Palin can't speak for herself? Goes to show how ready she is to become the VP. Thank you Biegun for speaking for Palin, and coaching her, maybe McCain should have picked you as VP. Or anyone else for that matter, as it seems anyone could do the job as long as they can remember what they're told. Let me get my 70 year old grandma, maybe you can coach her too, and in 4 years she will be picked as VP by the Republicans! She is just sitting next to me and she is ready!

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    What questions did the first dude ask? He WAS there.....right??????

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pantsuits

    Did she tell them she can see Russia from her house?

    I'm sure they'll be very impressed.

    September 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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