Friday, May 05, 2006

CIA Chief Porter Goss resigns

US CIA Chief Porter Goss has abruptly resigned today.

Goss, a former CIA agent had served for only 20 months, starting his tenure on August 10, 2004 with a mandate to shake up the CIA after huge intelligence lapses over the September 11 attacks. His management style reportedly drew heavy criticism from the CIA's rank and file, relying heavily on his former congressional staff and failing to make friends and influence people within the agency itself.

The recent leaks by CIA personnel like Mary O. McCarthy who was fired last month might also have been a factor.

Perhaps President Bush decided to try and find someone who would be more successful at tgetting the agency rank and file on the administration's side, or at least exercise more control over leaks.

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