A former CIA operative called CIA Director John Brennan a “bully of the first order” following a bombshell report that the agency is using polygraph tests to keep Benghazi secrets from leaking out.

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CIA Director John Brennan (Getty Images)

Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit in the 1990s, said Saturday on Fox News that the new allegations are about “intimidation” and “persecution.”

“The people who risked their lives on the ground in Libya…are now being intimidated that their careers will be ruined or they will be fired if they happen to say what was going on on the ground at the time,” Scheuer said. “I’ve known John Brennan and he’s the director there and he’s a bully of the first order. He will never say anything negative or question anyone above him, but for the people below him he is a bully of epic dimensions.”

Scheuer accused Brennan of having been “involved in efforts to prevent the destruction of Al-Qaeda” and “denying us the intelligence from renditions and interrogations.” He  also charged Brennan is “serving a master who has no concern for American security.”

The Committee for Accuracy for Middle East Reporting in America has criticized Scheuer for pushing “discredited” and “anti-Israel” claims in the past.

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