Obama Makes Intel Announcements

Jan 9, 2009 11:20am

In addition to Leon Panetta at CIA and Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence, President-elect Barack Obama announced that:

* current director of national intelligence Mike McConnell will be named to Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board,

* Michael Leiter will stay on as National Counterterrorism Center director,

* John Brennan will serve in the White House as Homeland Security Adviser and deputy National Security Adviser with the title of Assistant to President.

In the wake of some criticism that has emerged about Panetta because of his lack of direct inelligence experience, Blair interestingly offered kind words about Panetta and PEBO, saying that Panetta would have his "complete trust and substantial clout" and would be a "strong manager and strong advocate for the CIA."

PEBO said his team would "adhere to our values as vigilantly as we protect our safety."

– jpt

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