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Fixing an Internal Problem Takes Time at the C.I.A

The Central Intelligence Agency has yet to put in place a plan to address what senior officials have described as a major flaw in its operations, despite a pledge four months ago that the problem would be resolved within 30 days. The problem, which contributed to errors in the agency’s prewar estimates on Iraq, is rooted in practices that severely limit how much information about human sources is shared with analysts who produce intelligence assessments, according to senior intelligence officials. In a Feb. 11 speech, a senior C.I.A. official, Jami Miscik, described the problem as an example of “imperfections in our system” and said that George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, had given subordinates 30 days “to devise a permanent and lasting solution.” But on Wednesday, a senior intelligence official said that a team headed by the agency’s executive director, A. B. Krongard, had only recently carried out a pilot program that had not yet been adopted broadly. Full Story

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