Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seems to think so.
Taking the warnings about the impact of the partial government shutdown to new levels, Clapper suggested Wednesday during a Senate hearing that cash-strapped spies might be tempted to switch national loyalties.
"This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence services to recruit," Clapper said, citing the "financial challenges" facing intelligence employees from both the current stand-off and furloughs driven by the sequester. He said roughly 70 percent of civilians doing intelligence work have been furloughed.
"The danger here of course (is) that this will accumulate over time. The damage will be insidious. So each day that goes by, the jeopardy increases," he said.
So, basically James Clapper is insulting every intelligence employee, asset and I assume IC government worker out there. Does he really think our intelligence people are that motivated by money or that hard up? Yes, assets are money driven but they don’t just run to the other side and say hey, the US isn’t paying well enough can I help you?
In an attempt to play up the pain of a Government partial, kind, sort of, shutdown once again this administration has succeeded in pointing the doubt inward.
Remember this is the guy who during the congressional hearings on Benghazi said,"I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner by saying ‘no. Yahoo/NBC
If it’s truly this easy to lose national intelligence assets or employees we are in deep trouble and probably in need of some serious intelligence community investigations. Starting at the DNI’s officer perhaps.