Pakistan’s ISI turning ‘CIA Informants into Double Agents’ – Claims NY Times’ report
The CIA is now facing enormous pressure to reconstruct and discreetly maintain its network of informants in Pakistan
According to a recent New York Times article, Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency-Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)- has turned many Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informants into double agents.
ISI has neither arrested nor killed CIA informants. Instead, it has turned an undefined number of them into double agents working for the ISI and who are now tasked with providing misinformation to the CIA.
Owing to many compromised agents, the ISI has acquired US technologies, including biometric scans, facial recognition, artificial intelligence (AI), and other hacking devices to track the movements of CIA officers worldwide.
There can be disastrous and long-term consequences for the US as the CIA’s intelligence gathering and analysis operations in the region have been declared incompetent.
US counterintelligence officials have also suggested a dire need to learn more about the working relationship between the Pakistani and Taliban governments after the collapse of the US-backed government in Afghanistan.
The CIA is now facing enormous pressure to reconstruct and discreetly maintain its network of informants in Pakistan-a country that has a track record of discovering and breaking these networks.
Besides, the US counterintelligence officials said that intelligence agencies in China, Russia, and Iran are hunting down and killing or arresting CIA agents at an unusual pace.
In the last two decades, the CIA allocated the bulk of its resources to counter terrorist threats and conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, gathering information of rival intelligence agencies has once again taken center stage in the CIA’s plan.
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