US spies ordered home over Government shutdown

In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. A new poll say
In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. A new poll say

The United States will begin recalling its spies from overseas missions because of the government shutdown, the CIA says.

Those asked to return will include individuals necessary for "foreign intelligence collection, all-source analysis, covert action, and counterintelligence", according to a statement released on Tuesday by CIA Director John Brennan.

"Keeping our staffing at the dramatically reduced levels of the past week would pose a threat to the safety of human life and the protection of property," he said.

The number of employees expected to return was not mentioned and managers are still determining who will be recalled under the plan.

Additionally, the guidance does not "guarantee that we will be able to pay our employees during the hiatus", the statement said.

In a similar move, the Pentagon on Saturday announced it would begin recalling most of its furloughed employees.

The US government shutdown was in its eighth day on Tuesday, with hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed, or sent home without pay, after Congress failed to pass a budget for the 2014 fiscal year that began October 1.

The CIA's move will come as congress moves closer towards a deadline to raise the US debt ceiling by October 17.

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