Tags: obama | panetta | intel | blair

Obama Calms Intel Rift with Panetta

Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 03:32 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
WASHINGTON – The White House has published an internal memo to calm tension between CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, who is seeking increased control over covert operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The classified order asserts the Central Intelligence Agency's direct authority over secret missions abroad, but also reminds the agency to work closely with Blair, who heads the U.S. intelligence establishment, a U.S. intelligence official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Blair was seeking more control over missions that include drone strikes and paramilitary operations in Pakistan, according to the LA Times.

Blair and Panetta also have clashed during the past month over the role of the CIA in Afghanistan, which Blair reportedly believes is too focused on the hunt for Taliban insurgents and is de-emphasizing the collection of intelligence at the local level.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano did not confirm the existence of the memo but said that Panetta "views the national security adviser's decision as bringing much-needed clarity to intelligence roles and responsibilities."

Panetta "regards these issues as settled, and he has instructed the agency to move forward with the Office of the DNI as one team," Gimigliano told AFP.

A U. intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, separately told AFP that CIA agents "were very pleased with the outcome" of the White House directive.

"On all the key points, the CIA's equities were protected — not at the expense of the DNI, but in a way that promotes efficiency on both sides, a goal everyone shares," the official said.

"The White House chose to keep a direct chain of communication to the CIA on covert action. The president orders it, and the CIA carries it out. Given the stakes involved, every president since (President Harry) Truman has wanted that channel to be as clear as possible."

The DNI is kept informed of covert actions, and "as the president's principal foreign intelligence adviser, can be asked to provide his views on them. It's a logical system," the official said.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved