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Thursday links: Shutdown (again), Syria's rebel leaders, instability in the Maldives and more

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3 October 2013 15:02

Marty Harris is an assistant digital editor at the Lowy Institute.

Entire fighter squadrons are grounded. The Defense Department's Middle East specialists are barred from the Pentagon. Thousands of the Intelligence Community's top geeks are at home playing Minecraft. The shutdown of the United States government is starting to have very real impacts on the American defense and intelligence infrastructure. Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper even calls it a "dream scenario" for other countries to recruit spies who ordinarily work for the federal government — when that government is actually open. 

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