[Edward] Snowden-philes, Are we happy yet?
Senior US intelligence officials have warned the shutdown of the US government "seriously damages" spy agencies' ability to protect the US.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate panel that an estimated 70% of intelligence employees had been placed on unpaid leave.
Mr Clapper said staff morale across the spy agencies had been devastated.
The US government closed non-essential operations on Tuesday after Congress failed to reach a new budget deal.
....Mr Clapper also warned that foregoing paying employees during the shutdown could cause them financial hardship, making them inviting targets for foreign spies.
"This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence services," he said.Shouldn't they have seen this coming?