Richard Barrett on Amanpour (CNN): Will Revelations Chill Intel Gathering?
October 30, 2013

Host: Christiane Amanpour
Written By: Mick Krever




Revelations over American spying methods may have a chilling effect on the West’s ability to gather intelligence from terrorists. Richard Barrett, the former director of global counter terrorism operations for British intelligence, suggested in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

On the one hand he said, terrorists – like ordinary people who send emails – know that their exchanges could probably be monitored but continue nonetheless to communicate.

“Obviously they’re much more careful than the average person,” he said. “But they will use communication methods, they’ll get careless occasionally – they’ll make slip-ups, they’ll reveal telephone numbers and things like that.”

It is something that Glenn Greenwald, the columnist who broke the NSA spying story, suggested to Amanpour on Monday.

“Every terrorist who’s capable of tying their own shoes has long known that the U.S. government and the UK government are trying to monitor their communications in every way that they can,” Greenwald said.

But Barrett suggested that that idea missed…


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