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Recruited agents may include "notorious figures" whose association with the US government would be embarrassing if revealed, said the newspaper.
It said the new spy unit was designed to provide Rumsfeld with tools to conduct so-called human intelligence tasks, such as interrogation of prisoners and recruitment of foreign spies - activities DiRita acknowledged in today's press release.
"It is accurate and should not be surprising that the Department of Defence is attempting to improve its long-standing human intelligence capability," the spokesman said.
Pentagon denies 'in-house spy agency'
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