Extremist groups try to infiltrate US intelligence: Report
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Al-Qaeda and other hostile groups have repeatedly sought to infiltrate US intelligence agencies, which are investigating thousands of their employees to counter the threat, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
The CIA found that about a fifth of job applicants with suspect backgrounds had "significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections," the Post cited a classified budget document as saying.
The document was provided to the paper by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, now a fugitive in Russia under temporary asylum.
Although the file did not describe the nature of the jobseekers' extremist or hostile ties, it cited Hamas, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda and its affiliates most often.