According to US classified budget document leaked by US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, individuals with past connections to al-Qaida, Hezbollah and Hamas, have attempted to obtain employment within the CIA, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
Among job-seekers that seemed suspicious to the CIA, approximately 20% of that grouping reportedly had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections.” The nature of the connections was not described in the document.
“Over the last several years, a small subset of CIA’s total job applicants were flagged due to various problems or issues,” an anonymous CIA official was reported as saying. “During this period, one in five of that small subset were found to have significant connections to hostile intelligence services and or terrorist groups.”
The document in question was provided to The Washington Post by Snowden, a previous NSA contractor who leaked several top secret intelligence documents to the press.