F.B.I.’s Recruiting of Spies Causes Rift With C.I.A.
An ambitious new effort by the F.B.I. to recruit foreigners in the United States and use them as spies overseas has created new frictions with the Central Intelligence Agency, which views the bureau’s actions as a serious encroachment on the agency’s traditional primacy in intelligence gathering, senior government officials said.The rift reflects the fundamental changes sweeping through American intelligence agencies as the C.I.A. and the F.B.I., as well as elements of the Defense Department, face increasing pressures to improve their intelligence capabilities in the aftermath of the September 2001 attacks. All three agencies are still struggling to grapple with the transformation in the threats facing the United States since the end of the cold war and are due to report to the White House next week on their plans to improve counterterrorism efforts.Full Story