CIA Director Leon Panetta might quit or get canned in the next year, reports ABC News. Anonymous officials said Panetta, who may have already threatened to walk, is unhappy with everything from his role in the hierarchy to some of the nasty things the agency is up to. Both the White House and the CIA vehemently deny the report.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes wrote that his panel "has been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one occasion) was affirmatively lied to" by the CIA. The committee learned of the matter in the secret testimony of CIA Director Leon Panetta, who revealed that the agency he just inherited has been deceiving Congress since 2001.
Leon Panetta responds to the former vice president's constant sniping in the latest New Yorker: "I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point I think that’s dangerous politics".
Is President-elect Barack Obama proposing a stimulus package that will actually deliver? What's going to happen next in the Middle East? These are unanswerable questions, but the "Left, Right & Center" team offers prognostications about what may lie in store on the domestic and international fronts.
The president-elect has reportedly chosen Leon Panetta to head the CIA and retired Adm. Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence. Both men bring a mixed bag. Panetta is an experienced bureaucrat, but he's no James Bond. Blair has been praised for his terrorist-fighting skills, but he was criticized for a supposed conflict of interest that benefited defense contractors.