Leon Panetta named CIA Director

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, as head of the C.I.A. Soon after the announcement, some Democrats expressed concern over Panetta’s experience in intelligence and counterterrorism. “My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read the rest of the story by Carl Hulse and Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times.

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