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Countries like China, Pakistan hunting CIA informers: Report

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US intelligence officials are warning CIA stations around the world about “disturbing” numbers of informers

New York:

In recent years “adversarial intelligence services” in countries such as Russia have said that US counterintelligence officers are recruiting informers from other countries to spy for or kill the US, according to a media report. Are warning about “disturbing” numbers. China, Iran and Pakistan have in some cases traced agency sources and turned them into double agents.

The New York Times said in a report that “top US counter-intelligence officials warned every CIA station and base around the world last week that informants recruited from other countries to spy for or kill the United States.” The numbers are troubling.”

The message was sent in an unusual top secret cable and stated that “the CIA’s counterintelligence mission center had over the years seen dozens of cases involving foreign informants who were killed, arrested, or at most The possibility was compromised.”

The cable also highlights “the spy agency’s struggle as it works to recruit spies around the world in difficult operating environments.

In recent years, adversarial intelligence services in countries such as Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan have been hunting CIA sources and in some cases turning them into dual agents,” the NYT report said Tuesday.

The report also noted that sometimes, informants discovered by anti-intelligence services are not arrested, but “turned into double agents who disseminate propaganda to the CIA, which has a devastating effect on intelligence collection and analysis.” The Pakistanis have been particularly dominant in the region,” the report quoted former officials as saying.

“The collapse of the US-backed government in Afghanistan means that it is going to be more important to learn more about the Taliban government and Pakistan’s relationship with extremist organizations in the region. As a result, the pressure on the CIA to build once again and maintaining a network of informants in Pakistan, a country that has a record of finding and breaking those networks,” the NYT report said.

The brief cable also determined the specific number of agents executed by rival intelligence agencies, the report said, adding that this was generally a closely held detail that counter intelligence officers did not typically share in such messages.

Recognizing that recruiting spies is a high-risk business, cable has raised issues plaguing the agency in recent years, including poor tradecraft; relying too heavily on sources; Underestimating, and proceeding too quickly to recruit informants while not getting paid enough attention to potential counter-intelligence risks – a problem it called a “mission on security,” the report said.

The report said Sheetal Patel, the CIA’s assistant director for counter intelligence, is not reluctant to send a broad warning to the CIA community of current and former officers and that the agency’s retired officers earlier this year were asked to work for foreign governments. A letter was sent warning against. Trying to build espionage capabilities by hiring retired intelligence officers.

“In recent years a large number of compromised informants have become increasingly involved in employing innovations such as biometric scans, facial recognition, artificial intelligence and hacking tools to track the movements of CIA officers in order to discover their sources. also demonstrated skill,” the NYT report said.

With the CIA devoting much of its attention to terrorist threats and conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria for the past two decades, the report noted that “improving intelligence collection on adversary powers, both great and small, is once again the CIA.” agenda, especially as policymakers demand greater insight into China and Russia.”

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