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I, too, found the World Factbook inconsistent.

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Submitted by GWK (United States), Jan 15, 2015 at 12:08

In 2002 and 2003 I relied on the Factbook for a series of official presentations regarding demographic trends. A year later, when I wanted to update the presentation with additional data, I found the "new" data inconsistent with prior years'. Which led me to ask myself, was the CIA data that I used in 2002-2003 correct, but replaced with incorrect information? Or, was the 2002-2003 information i relied on inaccurate, meaning I gave an official presentation with incorrect information.

Rather than reach out to the CIA for an answer, I let the issue go. But I have to say, Dr. Pipes, I agree, the inconsistencies really diminish the authority of the CIA as an information resource.

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