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Newsline: CIA Withdrew Officers From US Embassy In Beijing

The United States is reportedly pulling its spies from China after cyberattacks compromised the personal data of nearly 22 million government workers. According to a CNN report, the U.S. is concerned hackers could identify embassy personnel who are actually intelligence agents by process of elimination, since the stolen data includes records on State Department employees. The stolen data reportedly includes wide-ranging and sensitive private information on current, former and prospective government employees, as well as their family members and associates. Earlier Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the CIA pulled a number of officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing as a precautionary measure. The CIA declined to comment. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the top U.S. intelligence official, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he was skeptical a new U.S.-China cyber agreement would quell a growing number of cyber attacks on U.S. computer networks.



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