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Yikes: 20% of CIA applicants have ties to terrorism?
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper leaves a briefing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 15, 2012. Officials attended closed door briefings before members of House and Senate intelligence committees to speak about the attack on a US consulate in Benghazi. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Yikes: 20% of CIA applicants have ties to terrorism?

NRO's Mark Steyn (half-)jokes: "This is presumably some sort of federally mandated affirmative-action diversity thing."

Via the Washington Times:

An estimated one-fifth of a subset of all applicants for Central Intelligence Agency positions had significant ties to the terror groups Hamas, Hezbollah and al Qaeda, a newly released document from NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s collection revealed Monday.

The document — released by Mr. Snowden as part of his National Security Agency intelligence dump — said the terrorist groups worked hard to infiltrate America’s top security agencies. CIA officials uncovered thousands of applicants, roughly one in five of a subset, with “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,” the document states, as Ynet News reported.

The specifics of those ties were not revealed, but the groups most often cited as attempting to infiltrate the U.S. intelligence network were al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah.

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