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Who is Clint Watts? A look at his wife, job and the Chris Krebs controversy

Olivia Olphin November 18, 2020
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Senior fellow at the Centre for Cyber and Homeland Security Clint Watts has been in the news lately following Donald Trump’s sudden dismissal of cybersecurity director Chris Krebs. We take a look at Clint Watts’ wife, job and family, and what he said in response to the recent controversy.

Who is Clint Watts?

Clint Watts is a distinguished fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a senior fellow at the Centre for Cyber and Homeland Security. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy.

In the past, Watts has served as a US Army infantry officer, an FBI agent, a consultant to the FBI’s counterterrorism division and as a counterterrorism analyst.

Clint Watts is perhaps best known for testifying on the involvement of Russian hackers in the 2016 US presidential election.

Watts is also a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC on national security and has written on the topic for various national publications such as The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

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His main writings and research focus on complex social media influencing techniques and propaganda, fake news, terrorism and Russian misinformation.

In 2018, Watts published Messing With The Enemy, a “devastating and essential look at the misinformation campaigns, fake news, and electronic espionage operations that have become the cutting edge of modern warfare.”

Does Clint Watts have a wife?

Clint posted on Twitter in April that he has a “great daughter, family and support system”. Although there’s little public information about his wife, Watts sometimes posts about her on his Instagram.

At the start of the pandemic, Watts has posted on his Twitter that his daughter has autism and explained how covid-19 has affected those who care for autistic children:

How is Watts involved in the Chris Krebs controversy?

Clint Watts appeared on the 11th Hour with Brian Williams on MSNBC last night and viewers were happy to see him back on TV:

Watts has also been in the news following his comments about Chris Krebs, first director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), who has been fired by Donald Trump for defending the result of the election.

Krebs has subsequently tweeted that claims the election was rigged are “unsubstantiated” and “incoherent”.

On Twitter, member of congress for California Ted Lieu also supported Krebs’ assertion that the election was indeed secure. In a tweet, Lieu pointed out Krebs was appointed by Trump in the first place:

Clint Watts has defended Krebs on Twitter for protecting the integrity of the election after Trump’s allegations of voter fraud:

Watts also comments about the amount of dismissals coming from the Trump administration. He questions who is going to be next:

Watts’s Twitter fan base gushed about his MSNBC appearance:
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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.