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Obama gets first intelligence briefing September 4, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in News, Obama, Politics.
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Thu Sep 4, 2008 5:03pm EDT

By Randall Mikkelsen

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Sen. Barack Obama got his first intelligence briefing as the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate this week and spy agencies are ready to do the same for Republican rival Sen. John McCain, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Thomas Fingar, deputy director of national intelligence for analysis, said U.S. spy agencies had also begun reanalyzing and updating reports from around the world in preparation for the next president, who will take office in January.

“We’ve begun to engage with the campaigns,” Fingar told an intelligence conference in Florida. “Sen. Obama received a briefing on Tuesday.” Intelligence officials would not discuss what topics were covered in Obama’s briefing.

The briefing was given in Chicago by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell — who normally briefs President George W. Bush six days a week — and other senior officials, an official familiar with the process said. Source Article

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