TITLE:CONGRESSIONAL REPORT, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (02/02/93)
CONGRESSIONAL REPORT, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
WOOLSEY FOCUSES ON ECONOMIC INTELLIGENCE
James Woolsey, President Clinton's choice to head the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), told Congress February 2 that the new
administration will examine sharing economic intelligence with American
Woolsey said during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Intelligence
Committee that the end of the Cold War leaves behind such dangers as
regional conflicts, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,
terrorism, and environmental decline.
However, he told the senators, "the hottest current topic in intelligence
issues" is economic spying. What is clear, said the nominee, is that the
U.S. government should engage in economic counter-espionage -- advising
American private businesses about economic spy threats from foreign
businesses and governments.
But using the intelligence apparatus to spy on foreign firms is not
desirable, he declared.
Less clear is whether it should be used to supply American business with
routinely-acquired information about those firms, said Woolsey, calling the
decision "fraught with complexities, legal difficulties, foreign policy
difficulties and the rest."
Panel members lauded Woolsey, who has held a number of senior U.S.
government posts, and predicted his rapid confirmation by the full Senate.
The committee is expected to vote February 3.
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