The director of national intelligence said Wednesday the government shutdown is seriously damaging his agency's ability to protect the safety and security of the country, dpa reported.
The shutdown "affects our global capability to support the military, to support diplomacy and to support our policymakers," said James Clapper at a Senate hearing. The danger is that this could accumulate over time. "The damage will be insidious. So each day that goes by, the jeopardy increases."
The shutdown also creates a "dreamland" for foreign intelligence service to recruit in the United States, Clapper said.
He added that after applying a standard to determine what employees are essential to protect against imminent threat to life or property, the intelligence agency furloughed about 70 per cent of its employees.
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