The New York Times reported Tuesday that American counterintelligence officials are spreading the word to CIA bases around the world that their informants are being captured, killed or compromised at higher rates in recent years.
In an unusual move, a top secret cable by the CIA said that there had been dozens of cases of foreign informants disappearing or being killed.
The cable also said it was getting increasingly difficult to recruit foreign informants because of the difficult conditions.
The increasing use of biometric scans, facial recognition, artificial intelligence, and hacking tools was making it easier for CIA agents to be followed and informants to be identified and detected, the article read.
“The loss of informants, former officials said, is not a new problem. But the cable demonstrated the issue is more urgent than is publicly understood,” the Times report said.
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