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Intelligence Chief Says New Policy Will Dramatically Boost Information Sharing

CQ: “As one of his final acts as the nation’s spy chief, Michael McConnell on Friday said he would soon sign off on an intelligence information sharing policy that will result in a “staggering” increase in the amount of data available within the community. McConnell, the outgoing director of national intelligence (DNI), told reporters he would put the finishing touches on the initiative in the next few days. Retired Adm. Dennis Blair is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to replace McConnell. McConnell said the policy would allow spy agencies to access each other’s intelligence databases much as Internet search engines such as Google allow Web users to retrieve data, with some limitations. When there is a dispute that cannot be resolved by lower-level leadership officials, the DNI would decide whether the information gets shared.”

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