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7. No, naturalized citizens are not more susceptible to recruitment. Many naturalized citizens have a stronger loyalty to the United States than many native-born citizens, who often take their country for granted. A naturalized citizen is just as likely to be honest and trustworthy as a native-born citizen.

However, naturalized citizens and others with strong foreign connections are more likely to be targeted and assessed to determine if they are susceptible to recruitment. Foreign intelligence operatives find it easier to contact, build rapport with, assess, and manipulate individuals who share a common national, ethnic, or religious background or other common interest. Other categories that are more likely to be targeted and assessed are those with access to the most valuable information and those who have the most extensive contact with foreign nationals.

Personnel in these more vulnerable categories need to be aware that they may become targets and should be especially prompt in reporting any significant or suspicious foreign contact.

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