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March 14th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Fmr. CIA officer: I don't trust the Malaysians

(CNN) – Malaysian officials and investigators have given confusing, and at times conflicting information about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Some of the actions – for example not checking the pilots' homes – are "completely unprofessional," says CNN national security analyst and former CIA officer Robert Baer .

"I don't trust the Malays at this point," said Baer. "They are not a good source of information at all."

"They are embarrassed about what happened. They lost an airplane and it's a sleight to their dignity, and the rest of it. The government – it's a political catastrophe for them, and they are trying to cover up as best they can," said Baer.

Flight 370 hijacking theories: Improbability or best hope?

Some relatives of the passengers on the missing plane are hoping it is a hijacking. While it is a far-fetched conspiracy theory, it represents the only scenario that leaves open the possibility of seeing their loved ones alive.

Baer was actually part of a CIA plot to hijack a Soviet airplane for its technology back in the 1980s.

"But thinking that somebody hijacked this (Malaysian) airliner in that fashion is truly outlandish," says Baer.

For more of our interview with former CIA officer Robert Baer, check out the video above.

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