SPY VS. SPY

The CIA’s Secretive Feud

Ever wonder how spies like Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers can go unnoticed within the intelligence community for so many years? Perhaps because agencies like the C.I.A. and the office of National Intelligence are too busy feuding with each other to notice traitors in their midst. A simmering feud between the directors of the C.I.A. and the umbrella organization that supervises all spy agencies, the office of National Intelligence, threatens to undermine efforts to foster collaboration between the typically-secretive agencies. At issue is whether the C.I.A. will maintain its responsibility of appointing the top spy in every country overseas. A lack of communication among spy agencies was considered one of the culprits for the lapses that led to September 11. President Obama has yet to send a clear signal of whose side he is on.