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Panetta Threatened To Quit, Got In "Screaming Match" Over Torture Probe

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« on: August 24, 2009, 11:17:07 am »

Obama White House v. CIA; Panetta Threatened to Quit
Tensions Lead to CIA Director's "Screaming Match" at the White House
By MATTHEW COLE, RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS
August 24, 2009


A "profanity-laced screaming match" at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation, has administration officials worrying about the direction of its newly-appoint intelligence team, current and former senior intelligence officials tell ABC News.com.




Leon Panetta, director of Central Intelligence Agency, listens at a luncheon at the Pacific Council...
Leon Panetta, director of Central Intelligence Agency, listens at a luncheon at the Pacific Council On International Policy on May 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Panetta's speech comes amidst controversy concerning allegations by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the Central Intelligence Agency had misled Congress concerning interrogation tactics used on high-profile terrorists during the Bush-era. (Photo by )
(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Amid reports that Panetta had threatened to quit just seven months after taking over at the spy agency, other insiders tell ABCNews.com that senior White House staff members are already discussing a possible shake-up of top national security officials.

"You can expect a larger than normal turnover in the next year," a senior adviser to Obama on intelligence matters told ABCNews.com.

Since 9/11, the CIA has had five directors or acting directors.

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