There are more foreign spies in U.S. than EVER BEFORE despite end of Cold War, says ex-CIA officer

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143314/More-spies-U-S-says-ex-CIA-officer.html

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 21:36 EST, 11 May 2012 | UPDATED: 22:49 EST, 11 May 2012

A former top CIA covert officer said there are more foreign spies on U.S. soil than there was at the peak of the Cold war.

Hank Crumpton, who served as deputy director of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center led the U.S. response to 9/11, spoke to 60 Minutes about his life as a spy.

The former officer, who ran one of the spy agency’s secret domestic networks conducted counter-intelligence within the U.S. as the chief of the CIA’s National Resources Division.

Ex-CIA: Hank Crumpton spoke to CBS's Lara Logan regarding his pessimism about how many foreign spies there are in the U.S.Ex-CIA: Hank Crumpton spoke to CBS’s Lara Logan regarding his pessimism about how many foreign spies there are in the U.S.

 

Varied: Crumpton served as deputy director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center and led the U.S. response to 9/11, as well as being on loan to the FBIVaried: Crumpton served as deputy director of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center and led the U.S. response to 9/11, as well as being on loan to the FBI

He told CBS: ‘If you look at the threat that is imposed upon our nation every day, some of the major nation states – China in particular – have very sophisticated intelligence operations, very aggressive operations against the U.S.

‘I would hazard to guess there are more foreign intelligence officers inside the U.S. working against U.S. interests now than even at the height of the Cold War. It’s a critical issue.’

He also expressed his concerns about what al Qaeda are doing in North Africa and the danger they pose.

‘I’m particularly concerned about al Qaeda in Yemen, which is fractured as a nation state. The Sahel, if you look at al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, they pose a threat, and in Somalia. Those are the places I’d be concerned,’ he said.

He said: 'You've got so many mistakes on the U.S. side, and you've got a feckless, corrupt government on the Afghan side. I am really more pessimistic now than I've been in a long time'He said: ‘You’ve got so many mistakes on the U.S. side, and you’ve got a feckless, corrupt government on the Afghan side. I am really more pessimistic now than I’ve been in a long time’

Crumpton led the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and talks about the months in Afghanistan after America declared war on the country and the CIA led the mission to topple the Taliban.

He also believes the U.S. government should not withdraw the troops too quickly as he fears al Qaeda could make a comeback in Afghanistan.

He said: ‘You’ve got so many mistakes on the U.S. side, and you’ve got a feckless, corrupt government on the Afghan side.

‘I am really more pessimistic now than I’ve been in a long time.’

 

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Posted on May 12, 2012, in Politics, US Politics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    By spies is he including all those keeping a very close eye on the government and reporting the details on social media.
    Is he giving people a heads up? they need to fill those FEMA camps with some one!

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