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Obama Govt.on guard over articles revealing intelligence contractors spending

By Samyuktha

Washington, July 19 (ANI): A series of Washington Post articles said to focus in unprecedented detail on the government's spending on intelligence contractors is likely to corner the Obam administration.

The intelligence community has warned that these articles could blow the cover of contract companies doing top-secret work for the government. A senior administration official admitted that wasteful spending could be highlighted in the series, which is "troubling" and something the administration is trying to address.

"There will be examples of money being wasted in the series that seem egregious and we are just as offended as the readers by those examples," the official said.

The official said administration has been working to reduce "waste" and that "it's something we've been on top of."

Other sectors of the administration were on high alert over the piece.

Fox News quoted a source, as saying that the series amounts to a "significant targeting document" in that it will apparently bring together unclassified information from the public domain in a single location, making it a one-stop shop for this level of detail.

The State Department sent out an e-mail saying the series would include a "graphic representation pinpointing the location of firms conducting top secret work, describing the type of work they perform and identifying many facilities where such work is done."

Contractors handle more than half of the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence duties. (ANI)

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