US security concerns force CIA to call back some employees amid shutdown

In view of the national security, CIA has reportedly asked some employees to return to work as their absence is posing a threat.

Updated: Oct 09, 2013, 15:00 PM IST

Washington: In view of the national security, CIA has reportedly asked some employees to return to work as their absence is posing a threat.

CIA Director John Brennan said that reducing the strength of the staff members is posing a threat to the protection of property and safety of human life.

The staff that is being recalled is vital to the CIA`s core missions of foreign intelligence collection, analysis, covert action and counterintelligence, stated CIA Director John Brennan in a statement that was issued on Tuesday.

Since the US shutdown, significant numbers of CIA workers were asked to go on temporary leave.

The statement further said that details are being worked out as to who all should be called back to work.

As the US default deadline of October 17 looming near, President Barack Obama reprimanded the Republicans for using ‘extortion’ tactics over solving the shutdown and the debt ceiling issue.

Obama said, "they (Republicans) don`t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs”.

"They don`t also get to say, you know, unless you give me what the voters rejected in the last election, I`m going to cause a recession," Obama added.

Reacting to Obama’s statements, House Speaker John Boehner refused to surrender to the President’s demands saying, "What the president said today was if there`s unconditional surrender by Republicans, he`ll sit down and talk to us... That`s not the way our government works."

Repeating his stand, the Ohio Republican said, "Not next week. Not next month. The conversation ought to start today."

With Agency Inputs