Michael Morell, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, announced his resignation on Wednesday afternoon.
“As much as I would selfishly like to keep Michael right where he is for as long as possible, he has decided to retire to spend more time with his family and to pursue other professional opportunities,” CIA Director John Brennan said in a statement.
Morell had served as the intelligence briefer for President George W. Bush. As The Daily Beast explained in a 2012 profile of the CIA official, Morell delivered the now-infamous “Bin Laden Determined to Strike the U.S.” report to Bush in August 2001. After the World Trade Center was hit by aircraft, Morell told the president “I would bet every dollar I have that it’s al Qaeda.”
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