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Director Brennan ushers in sweeping changes at CIA

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>> The Central Intelligence Agency undergoing the greatest transformation in its 70 year history. Director John Brennan trying to transform the spy service into an operation that does more than fight terror but can combat in array of 21st century threats. Reuters National Security Investigations Editor David Rohde interviewed Brennan about the future of the CIA.
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>> The CIA in the last 15 years, since the 2001 attacks, has really become a paramilitary organization. They're using traditional intelligence methods to find terrorists. And the difference is there, they're then using lethal effects. That's intelligence jargon for killing them. And what Brennan's trying to do is to change the CIA from this paramilitary organization into more of an intelligence operation for the digital age.
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There's new digital threats emerging from Russia and China and other countries, that the CIA has to respond to. If they don't, it'll end up obsolete.>> Brennan's reforms include creating a new directorative digital innovation that runs cyber espionage. He's created ten mission centers where spies, analysts, and hackers work in teams to track threats, enemies, and plots around the globe.
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The consensus among intelligence services that Russian spies have hacked American political parties in an effort to influence the US election, appearing to bolster Brennan's case.>> The biggest, immediate threat is Russia. And what we're in is this sort of new ear of information war. Where you steal secrets, you steal emails, and then you make them public.
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>> Brennan telling Reuters quote, I think the CIA really needs to up its game.>> To the presidential campaign.