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When America goes to the polls on Nov. 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of information war.John Brennan, the current CIA director, declined to comment on the Russian efforts.Citing an array of new cyber, conventional and terrorist threats, Brennan announced the most sweeping reforms of the CIA in its 69-year history 18 months ago. Weakening the role of the Directorate of Operations, the agency's long-dominant arm responsible for gathering intelligence and conducting covert operations, Brennan created 10 new "mission centers" where CIA spies, analysts and hackers work together in teams focused on specific regions and issues. Today, Brennan says the United States faces the most complex array of threats he has seen since joining the agency 36 years ago.Brennan and other CIA officials denied downplaying human intelligence.
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