Henry Farrell on the Subtle Damage to the CIA

Andrew Young — December 10, 2014

In the wake of the Senate Select Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation tactics, Network member and George Washington University associate professor Henry Farrell published a piece at the Monkey Cage on subtle and unexpected impacts to the agency as a result of new disclosures.

“In short, the CIA relies on relationships with a variety of people and in particular with academics and people with semi-academic skills in a broader ecosystem of information. Many of these relationships are likely to be badly damaged by yesterday’s revelations. Academics will be less likely to want to talk to, or work with the CIA than before. Smart and idealistic young people will be less likely to sacrifice other opportunities to work for what is at best likely to seem a flawed and problematic organization.”

Read the full post here.