På grund av misslyckade budgetuppgörelser kommer stora delar av den amerikanska statsapparaten att stängas temporärt. Vad händer med CIA och det kritiserade NSA? Så här står det färskt från Wikipedia:
Intelligence agencies will continue to operate but 70% of the civilian workforce will be furloughed. Reuters reported that the Central Intelligence Agency will furlough approximately 12,500 employees. There will be less of an impact at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as a large percentage of the workforce of these agencies are uniformed members of the military.
A spokesman for the Director of National Intelligence said: ”The Intelligence Community’s ability to identify threats and provide information for a broad set of national security decisions will be diminished for the duration.
The immediate and significant reduction in employees on the job means that we will assume greater risk and our ability to support emerging intelligence requirements will be curtailed.
The fraction of Intelligence Community employees who remain on the job will be stretched to the limit and forced to focus only on the most critical security needs.”
If the shutdown lasts for more than a few weeks intelligence operations could also be affected by delays in awarding new contracts or paying existing contractors.