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U.S. intelligence official acknowledges missed Arab Spring signs

“U.S. intelligence agencies missed evidence of the unrest across the Middle East and North Africa that exploded into popular uprisings last year during the so-called Arab Spring and are now trying to improve early warning systems, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.

David Shedd, deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s chief intelligence arm, said analysts failed to note signs ‘that would have indicated to us, shown us, that there was a growing dissatisfaction … in the general population

‘We missed that.’”

Source:U.S. intelligence official acknowledges missed Arab Spring signs – latimes.com

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