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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Former Intelligence Officer: ‘Don’t Surrender To Leakers’

Paul Pillar is pictured in 2007. (Aude/Wikimedia Commons)

Paul Pillar is pictured in 2007. (Aude/Wikimedia Commons)

Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA says Americans “would be the losers” if the U.S. lets flaps over spying stop it from conducting secret intelligence gathering.

Pillar says that spying — including monitoring phones and emails of foreign leaders — almost always involves the violation of some other country’s laws, but there are legitimate foreign policy reasons for doing it.


  • Paul Pillar, former senior intelligence officer with the CIA and a fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution.

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