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Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell leaves a meeting in Capitol Hill in Washington November 15, 2012. Morell said the Republicans and the White House had both distorted the events surrounding the Benghazi attack in 2012 Reuters/Jose Luis Magana

Washington Post: Former CIA official cites agency’s failure to see al-Qaeda’s rebound

U.S. intelligence agencies ­badly misjudged al-Qaeda’s ­ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed, according to a new book by the CIA’s former deputy director.

Senior U.S. intelligence officials have previously acknowledged failures to anticipate the Arab Spring movement, which toppled governments in the Middle East and North Africa. But the former official, Michael ­Morell, wrote that the CIA compounded those errors with optimistic assessments that the ­upheaval would prove devastating to al-Qaeda.

“We thought and told policy-makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage al-
Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” Morell wrote in the book, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its release later this month.

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Former CIA Official Michael Morell Says GOP Distorted Benghazi Intelligence In New Book -- IBTimes
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