Thursday, February 03, 2011

Obama Was Warned About Egypt, CIA Official Says

A CIA official said today that the Obama Administration was warned in late 2010 about instability in Egypt.

Stephanie O'Sullivan, nominated to be deputy director of national intelligence, said the intelligence community didn't know exactly what might trigger the instability, but did warn about it.

The political stagnation in some Middle East countries is untenable in the long run, she said the intelligence community has warned for some time.

She made the comments at a hearing regarding her nomination.

It is unclear what use, if any, Obama made of the information, if any policy was changed, or if his administration discussed problems with Hosni Mubarak as a result.

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