In testimony to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Feb. 3, Ms.
O'Sullivan, nominated as principal deputy director of national intelligence,
acknowledged that the CIA did not envision the events over the last week in
Egypt, Middle East Newsline reported. She refused to elaborate on the intelligence assessment concerning
"My duties involved a more general understanding of the debates that
were going on and not the face-to-face briefing of the president over this
past year," Ms. O'Sullivan, director of advanced technologies at the CIA,
The official said the U.S. intelligence community was first alerted to
the prospect of regional Arab unrest amid the riots that ousted Tunisian
President Zine Al Abidine Bin Ali in January. Ms. O'Sullivan did not
rule out the prospect of revolts in other Arab countries.
"The events in Egypt are rapidly unfolding and the intelligence
community is working flat-out to track them on the ground," Ms. O'Sullivan
said. "But the minute things started earlier on in Tunisia, the intelligence
community started looking at the long-term strategic impacts."