WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should be worried that, and could use their growing financial clout to advance political goals, the top U.S. spy chief told Congress on Tuesday.
Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell testifies before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 1, 2007. Concerns about a weaker U.S. dollar could tempt more oil-producing countries to delink their currency pegs from the dollar or ask to be paid in other currencies, McConnell said on Tuesday.
U.S. National Director of Intelligence Michael McConnell voiced the concern to Congress in an annual assessment of potential threats, in which economic matters joined terrorism, nuclear proliferation and computer-network vulnerabilities as top security issues.McConnell told thein prepared testimony that the global threat of terrorism remained, but that had suffered setbacks and its international reputation was diminishing.
Among other top worries,