James Clapper: National Security to Suffer During Shutdown

National Intelligence Director James Clapper told the Senate Judiciary Committee his fears of how the government shutdown could affect the intelligence community and national security, Reuters reported Wednesday.

“The damage will be insidious, so each day that goes by the jeopardy increases,” he said.

Clapper told the panel 70 percent of civilian intelligence workers are on furlough this week but that number could change if the shutdown continues, according to Reuters.

Patricia Zengerle writes Army Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, also testified at the hearing.

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