How the Arab Spring Has Weakened U.S. Intelligence

(Newsweek) Christopher Dickey - With dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen collapsed or collapsing, America's spies have lost many of their most valued allies in the war against the jihadists. The key to defending Americans and U.S. interests from attacks by jihadists is either to insert spies into their organizations or to persuade people who are already inside to talk. The Americans have spent long years building liaison relationships with key figures in the military and intelligence apparatuses of countries across the Middle East who might deliver that kind of detailed information. But now, says Christopher Boucek of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, "the Libyans, the Tunisians, the Egyptians, the Yemenis - they are either gone or going."

2011-06-14 00:00:00

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