US National (In)Security: Why CIA is Becoming Part of Problem, Not Solution

Thursday, March 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

Ekaterina Blinova

The WikiLeaks’ CIA dump has exposed a deep systemic crisis within the US intelligence community, according to Israeli commentator and political analyst Avigdor Eskin. Over the past years the image of the CIA has been severely tarnished and it now risks becoming part of the problem, not the solution, for the US national security.

The recent leak of secret CIA documents illustrates a serious crisis within the US intelligence community, Israeli commentator and political analyst Avigdor Eskin believes.
In his latest op-ed for RIA Novosti, Eskin quoted Pete Hoekstra, an IPT Senior Shillman Fellow, who warned that the US intelligence community has found itself amid “a crisis of confidence with the American people.”

Moreover, leaks of this magnitude have never happened in any of the largest intelligence services in the world, Eskin highlighted.

It appears that the leaked has unveiled a systemic crisis within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Can we say that the CIA may soon lose its leading position?

“This is inevitable. The CIA suffers from ‘brain cancer’,” Eskin responded.

“This agency has very effective counter-terrorist and espionage capacities. Langley [the CIA headquarters], a kind of brotherhood in the past, was the right place for brave and intelligent people. But in the recent decades the budget has grown up, while [the CIA’] analytical capabilities have gone very low,” the Israeli commentator told Sputnik.

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