Western spy agencies are being “overwhelmed” to the point that “bad actors” can “pretty much operate with impunity”, according to a former senior CIA operative.
James Olson, who ran the Central Intelligence Agency’s counter-intelligence arm, says digital technologies make the traditional “tradecraft” used by agents in the field far less effective.
He says the “Five Eyes” alliance — made up of Australia, the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand — is being outgunned by countries like Russia, China and Cuba.
“We make some hits here and there and bring some of their operations down, but I think it’s just a drop in the bucket,” he tells RN’s Future Tense.
“I think what they are doing that has not been detected is probably far, far beyond what we even fear.”