US intelligence on Arab unrest draws criticism

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 4, 2011 22:41

WASHINGTON  — US intelligence agencies are drawing criticism from the White House and Congress that they failed to warn of revolts in Egypt and the downfall of an American ally in Tunisia.

US President Barack Obama sent word to National Intelligence Director James Clapper that he was "disappointed with the intelligence community" over its failure to predict the outbreak of demonstrations would lead to the ouster of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis, according to one US official familiar with the exchanges, which were expressed to Clapper through White House staff.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence, said there was little warning before Egypt's riots as well.


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