Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
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Clapper: US shutdown 'a dreamland for foreign spies'

A senior US intelligence official has warned the shutdown of the US government "seriously damages" spy agencies' ability to protect the country.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate panel that an estimated 70% of intelligence employees had been furloughed.

Mr Clapper said the shutdown was a "dreamland for foreign intelligence services".

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