CIA’s deputy director Michael Morell resigns

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 16:13 EDT
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Leon Panetta and Michael Morell via the Secretary of Defense (Public Domain)
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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.

The Washington Post reported that White House lawyer Avril D. Haines will replace Morell as the CIA’s deputy director.

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.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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