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CIA to begin briefing Obama

The head of the CIA has said that the US intelligence agency would begin sharing classified information with president-elect Barack Obama during a transition phase up to his inauguration.

world Updated: Nov 06, 2008 08:38 IST

The head of the CIA has said that the US intelligence agency would begin sharing classified information with president-elect Barack Obama during a transition phase up to his inauguration.

"As we continue to serve the current administration, we are also in touch with President-elect Obama and his national security team," said Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Hayden in a letter to CIA employees obtained by AFP.

"Through expanded access, greater than what he had in his briefings as a candidate or as a senator, he will see the full range of capabilities we deploy for the United States."

The agency was to meet yesterday morning to discuss the transition period leading up to Obama's inauguration on January 20.

"We have already prepared a great deal of information about CIA for the Obama team," Hayden wrote.