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. Bridget

    Hopefully, the "exchange of views" and listening session amounted to them telling her that anyone who believes the end of the world will happen in their lifetime should not be given the power to make it happen. My friends, the thought of Sarah Palin becoming second in line to the most powerful position in the world is truly frightening.

    September 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Terry

    The farce/circus show continues...the leaders who met with her should be ashamed of themselves...

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Gill

    I think the Republicans know this ticket is a sham. Just making it entertaining now. A comedy of errors.

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Too Much to Ask in CA

    When Sen.Obama went on the foreign tour, he did plenty of press conferences and interviews and answered questions and yes thousands came to watch him in Germany.

    If Gov.Palin can give me one press conference, I can make an informed decision on why I should elect her? Is that too much to ask?

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. franck

    " Seated slightly behind Palin were campaign foreign policy advisers Steve Biegun and Randy Scheunemann"

    lolll

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Terry

    The farce/circus show continues...the leaders who met with her should be ashamed of themselves...

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    so Palin is so stupid she has to be briefed by the CIA. No surprise!
    I am not sure she will retain it or understand it or follow it! She plays her own rules and to hey day with minors rights or womans or military or citizens. She would psychologically and physically rape them or not care. Na NO OH! Tick

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Disgusted with McCain/Palin

    They kept the press out to ensure that they could put their own spin on the meetings. We still know nothing about how Palin really handled herself, and they still won't let her talk to the press openly – without staging first. That shows how "confident" they are with their VP pick.

    No transparency here!! What about those tax returns, Palin?? How about coorperating with the investigation? Too busy studying because you are not ready, eh???

    What a sleazy republican ticket!!!

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. mitchell

    now that she's intelligent, can she answer a few questions? i have 482 of them starting with:
    #1-

    .........uhm, i really should know if she's gonna answer 'em first......

    September 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Independent

    Right turn-

    Maybe the experience Obama doesn't have is what makes him the right choice.

    McCain's experience: part of the savings and loan scandle in the 1990s, decades of voting for the deregulation which has lead to the present economic problems; voting with Bush 91% of the time, etc.

    Pali experience: Small town mayor who things rape victims should pay to collect evidence (rape kits); increasing Alaska's budget by about half, etc.

    OBama!

    September 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Hillary Democrat

    YEA SARAH...you are a true American leader and I know you have always been proud of your country. Keep your head up, keep focused and remember there are more people who like you than don't. You are making America happy and look forward to saluting you as our next VP.
    MCCAIN / PALIN in 2008.

    September 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    so Palin is so stupid she has to be briefed by the CIA. No surprise!
    I am not sure she will retain it or understand it or follow it! She plays her own rules and to hey day with minors rights or womans or military or citizens. She would psychologically and physically rape them or not care. Na NO OH! Tick National Intelligece them too !
    Who CARES! Bio science in the mind! No ILLEGAL

    September 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. IZ

    They exchanged moose stew recipes.

    September 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Say Cheese Obama

    Oh Harvard grad! Wow..should I be impressed? I'm sure Borat Odumbo weazeled his way through Harvard just like he did his first Illinois House of Representatives campaign. Didn't he stab the incumbent in the back after she helped him get established? This crazy man will do whatever it takes and step on anyone to get to the top. You can keep his degrees, his teleprompter, his Ummms, his gnarly wife, and his unpatriotic cockiness and place it in a place where the sun doesn't shine!!

    September 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. George

    Obama threw his longtime pastor and spiritual advisor UNDER THE BUS for political gain! He'll do the same to YOU once he suckers you into voting him in. You can depend upon it.

    September 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Rave

    Did he tell her that she wont be able to see Russia from her home
    When are they briefing Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez... I think they also deserve a briefing if Sarah Piglin got one

    September 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Gastrointestinal flu! O bam booooooo! No Pa l in wrong!
    Gong! Gone! Please! So all Americans can vote!

    September 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Erica

    Today is November 5th: "Now boarding flight 962 to Anchorage. Paging customer Palin....Customer Palin? Ah, sorry only middle seats in economy left for your flight back to Alaska. Thanks for visiting. Buh-Bye"

    September 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Jeff from Jersey

    The republicans have been doing their best to shield Palin as well they should.Biden has a long and positive public record with only a few minor bumps in the road.Palin's only got the bridge to nowhere.

    Ask yourself this question and in the deepest recesses of your conscience answer it honestly to yourself:

    If the President were to die,who is better qualified to be President,Biden or Palin?

    The future of your children and the entire planet could very well rest upon your choice!

    September 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Raj

    If Obama Campaign needs to win they need to attack Rush Limbaugh (as they did in the Latino Ad) and Shaun Hannity.

    There should be attack ads on these two guys and other conservative talk show hosts for misleading American people and supporting Bush administration in its war policies , economic policies and energy policies.

    These guys are the primary cheer leaders of Bush Administration and it is time to tie these racist bigots to Mccain and Bush . These same guys are trying to shore up support for Palin

    September 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Holly

    I wonder if McCain would do the whole Sarah thing all over if he could? Chuckle chuckle!!

    September 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. rin

    MB September 23rd, 2008 5:48 pm ET

    Why is Gov. Palin getting intelligence briefings? Does she have the necessary security clearances in order to obtain this information?
    Has she had a background investigation completed yet? I'm very concerned.
    ______________________________________________________

    that is a gooooodddd point you just made!

    September 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Get your head out of your A$$

    Anyone who thinks this woman is qualified to be President ought to have their heads examined or they are in deep denail.

    We will wipe the floor with you in November. Remember you heard it here.

    This woman is an IDIOT and anyone who votes for McKen and Caribou Barbie deserve what they GET.

    Republican make me want to puke!

    September 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Canadian can't believe America would vote Repub again!

    "Now, if Ms. Palin gives a major foreign policy speech and holds an open press conference after her meetings, we might hear something of substance that will favorably influence us to vote for her."

    If indeed she does give a speech you know darn well she didn't write it and I'd bet my last dime she won't take questions after.

    September 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Aimee

    Palin the pitbull is ready to crap on the world? I guess so.

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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