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Friday, May 5, 2006

Head of CIA leaves unexpectedly.

You spend the morning offline, trying to get new broadband service, and what happens? CIA director Porter Goss leaves his post. While Dubya and Goss presented this change as a resignation, it's anyone's guess what's really going on.

Here's what the intelligence geeks at Stratfor have to say about Goss leaving the CIA [subscription firewall]:
With the war of words ratcheting up recently between the CIA and the administration over Iraq intelligence and information leaks, the removal of Goss appears to be a bid by White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten to help ease the rift between the administration and the agency. The criticism of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte in recent weeks, and the confrontation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld by a former CIA analyst at a televised event all play into this ongoing public bout of one-upmanship. Bolten has already reshuffled personnel in the White House, and is now reaching out to the agencies and Cabinet.

Goss' replacement is likely to come from within the old guard of the CIA as part of Bolten's attempts to appease the agency. But the replacement is likely to be too little too late. The fury over Iraqi intelligence and CIA leaks has taken on a life of its own, and the administration's troubles are far from isolated to the rift with the agency. The flurry of attention around Goss' resignation is, to a great degree, just one more bit of Washington gas.

The main thing to watch now is to see whether there is a short-list of successors put forward relatively quickly. If there is, then it will be clear that Goss was fired. If not, he resigned.

More: Washington journalist Laura Rozen has some interesting speculation about Goss' resignation/firing here. And Josh Marshall offers this comment.

Still more: Alternet's PEEK has a round-up of blogger commentary on Goss' resignation here.

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