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Robert Ames and the CIA's history of back-channel talks with 'the bad guys'
Robert Ames and the CIA's history of back-channel talks with 'the bad guys'

When reports surfaced in Washington this month that the Obama administration has been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months, the denials came swiftly. "These assertions are completely untrue," proclaimed State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. "As you all know, Hamas is a designated foreign terrorist organization.... Per long-standing U.S. policy, we do not have any contact with Hamas." Let's hope that's not true. The CIA has always dealt with bad guys, and it's essential it keeps doing so. Why? Because bad guys know a lot more about what other bad guys are doing than good guys ever will. That is a classic story line...

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