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Published 24 February 2016

Sanders voiced concerns about the CIA on Tuesday, which he said overthrew democratically-elected leaders for moneyed interests.

During a CNN Town Hall debate on Tuesday democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders defended his 1974 critique of the Central Intelligence Agency as “a dangerous institution that has got to go.”

When CNN reporter Chris Cuomo asked Bernie Sanders about the comments he made about the CIA in the 1970s, Sanders replied saying "that was 40 years ago" and that he believes the CIA plays "an important role."

However, later during his comments Sanders stated that he is still uncomfortable with the role of the CIA.

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“I do have some concerns about past activities of the CIA," Sanders told host Chris Cuomo. "Which, continues, by the way, to the present," the Vermont senator added.

Sanders cited two separate examples of CIA involvement in overthrowing democratically elected governments.

The Vermont Senator first referred to Iran’s Mohammad Mossadeq, a democratically elected prime minister who was overthrown in 1953, with CIA documents later verifying the agency’s role.

“The CIA was involved in the overthrow of a gentleman named Mohammad Mosaddegh way back when in Iran,” Sanders explained. “Overthrew him on behalf of British oil.”

Later, Sanders also highlighted the CIA's role in the overthrow of former Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973, stating “He was a democratic candidate, he won a fair election, the CIA overthrew him.”

His comments come as Sanders and his opponent Hillary Clinton gear up for Saturday's South Carolina primary,

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