Share SpyTalk Mike Pompeo Iran Quds Force Updated | What happens when the cloak gets ripped off your dagger? CIA Director Mike Pompeo found out last week when a “secret” message he sent to a top Iranian general was publicized by the Tehran regime. Pompeo confirmed Saturday night that he had sent a letter to Qassem Soleimani, the legendary commander of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force, allegedly warning him not to attack “U.S. interests” in the region. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now "I sent a note,” Pompeo said during a forum at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. “I sent it because he had indicated that forces under his control might in fact threaten U.S. interests in Iraq." Pompeo’s message was publicized last week by a top Iranian official, who said Soleimani got the letter through an intermediary in the region but refused to open it. He didn’t say when the letter arrived. “I will not accept your letter, nor will I read it,” Soleimani reportedly said. “I have nothing to do with these people.” Pompeo’s reaction? "It didn't break my heart, to be honest with you," he cracked. CIA Director Mike Pompeo attends the FDD National Security Summit in Washington, October 19. Yuri Gripas/Reuters Pompeo’s effort to deliver a warning directly to an adversary’s military commander was unusual, maybe unprecedented, past top CIA officials and experts said. And it again gave more ammunition to Pompeo’s critics to accuse the former Tea Party Republican congressman with acting more like a Trump political surrogate in his CIA post than a discreet intelligence chief. “I have no recollection of ever doing anything like that,” former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden told Newsweek.   “I’m not aware of any messages of warning being sent from [a CIA director] to a foreign adversary,” echoed Larry Pfeiffer, who held several top intelligence positions during his 32 years in government, including senior director of the White House Situation Room for two years in the Obama administration. President Barack Obama did use CIA Director John Brennan to send a stiff warning to his Russian counterpart about interference in the 2016 presidential election, a former