Doesn’t say much for the federal workforce if they can be that easily recruited to spy against America.

Via The Hill:

Nations looking to recruit U.S. spies have an opportunity in the government shutdown, the national intelligence director said Wednesday.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it could be easier for enemies to recruit U.S. spies among the federal employees hit by furloughs from the sequester and now the shutdown.

“This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence service to recruit, particularly as our employees already … [subjected] to furloughs driven by sequestration, are gonna have even greater financial challenges,” he said.

“I’ve been in the intelligence business for about 50 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Clapper added during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.

Clapper said the loss of income from sequestration and the shutdown could make members of the intelligence community more susceptible to bribes.