05 Feb '11, 11am

White House defends US spies on Egypt: WASHINGTON - THE White House on Friday defended the US intellig... #politics

WASHINGTON - THE White House on Friday defended the US intelligence community following reports, and suggestions from Congress, that it had failed to warn President Barack Obama in advance about unrest in Egypt. As turmoil rages in Cairo, the first murmurings of political dissent on the crisis are beginning to emerge in Washington, with the complex web of US spy agencies a familiar target. But the White House sought to tamp down the recriminations. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the US intelligence community had been warning for years about instability in the Middle East. 'The president expects the intelligence community to provide relevant, timely, and accurate analysis of events as they unfold, and that's exactly what's been done throughout this crisis,' Mr Vietor said. On Thursday, Stephanie O'Sullivan, who was picked by Obama to be deputy directo...

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