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Published — Wednesday 13 February 2013
Last update 13 February 2013 8:46 pm
John Brennan, 57, may have converted to Islam between 1996 and 1999 when he was the CIA station chief in Riyadh, it was reported yesterday.
John Guandolo, who retired from the FBI in 2008, told the US Trento Radio Show on Saturday that there were indications that President Barack Obama’s CIA nominee converted to Islam and visited Makkah and Madinah during Haj along with Saudi officials, who may have induced Brennan to convert, reported Al Arabia.
According to the report, in a Skype interview with the radio show, Guandolo referred to a video showing Brennan saying that during his time in Saudi Arabia, he “marveled at the majesty of the Hajj and the devotion of those who fulfilled their duty as Muslims by making that pilgrimage.”
The report quoted Guandolo as saying that this “video confirms Brennan converted to Islam” since non-Muslims are not allowed to visit the holy cities.
Brennan is a CIA veteran, among his previously held posts are the deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism.