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Daniel N. Hoffman

Daniel N. Hoffman

Daniel N. Hoffman is a retired clandestine services officer and former chief of station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of government service included high-level overseas and domestic positions at the CIA. He has been a Fox News contributor since May 2018. He can be reached at

Columns by Daniel N. Hoffman

TikTok's dangers illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Mideast war shines a spotlight on TikTok’s dangers

Over the past few weeks, the social media site TikTok has spread a plethora of disinformation and propaganda, including misleading posts about the war between Israel and Hamas. Published November 30, 2023

U.S. must  defeat Russia and Putin's axis of tyranny

U.S. must be prepared to defeat Putin’s axis of tyranny

The great Prussian general and military strategist Carl von Clausewitz once described war as "the realm of uncertainty" where "chance makes everything more uncertain and interferes with the course of events." Published November 16, 2023

Marines and military veterans as role models illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Tying shoes, shaping lives: Honoring an uncle and a Marine

Years ago, when my sons were both in elementary school, they knew my brother-in-law Paul as a kindhearted and patient uncle, one who made them tasty pancakes while their mother was in the hospital for cancer treatment. Published November 9, 2023

Learning Arab Spring for U.S. to defeat Iran illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

Learning from the Arab Spring to defeat Iran today

Back in 2010, when I was serving as deputy chief of the CIA's Near East Division, the Arab Spring engulfed the Middle East, bringing with it levels of popular unrest not seen since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Published November 2, 2023

FILE - Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to examine worldwide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 8, 2023. President Joe Biden has elevated Burns to his Cabinet. It's a symbolic move that underscores the intelligence chief’s influence and his work in U.S. support for Ukraine. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

The critical work of CIA Director William Burns

CIA Director William Burns' high-value counsel to the president and his team, especially Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, is critical for making informed foreign policy decisions. Published August 10, 2023

Illustration on the Hunter Biden laptop and U.S. intelligence agencies by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why I didn’t sign the Hunter Biden laptop letter

I was one of the retired senior officials who received an email from former acting CIA Director Michael Morell asking us to sign the now-infamous Hunter Biden laptop letter. Published April 27, 2023