"If they leave, which they did, that means we leave as well," said Marc Polymeropoulos, who held several roles related to Afghanistan during a 26-year career in the CIA. "And that certainly affects our intelligence gathering footprint."
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Mr. Polymeropoulos said he understands why intelligence officials are taking a methodic approach.
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