Sources are reporting that George Tenet, the Director of the CIA submitted a letter of resignation to President Bush. Mr. Tenet served as the Deputy
Director of Central Intelligence, since July 1995. Following the departure of John Deutch in December 1996, he served as Acting Director. He was sworn
in as Director of Central Intelligence on July 11th, 1997. John McLaughlin will be the Acting Director after Tenet leaves.
CIA Director Tenet to Resign
FOX is reporting that the White House has acknowledge his request when Bush accepted his letter in a private meeting on Wednesday night. Tenet cites
resignation is due to personal reasons. He will remain in office till mid July.
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CIA Director George Tenet had accepted responsibility for letting President Bush include inaccurate statements about Iraqi efforts to get uranium from
Africa in January's State of the Union address. Controversy surrounding bad intelligence and the Chalabi incident may have contributed to his
"I did not come to this decision lightly."
Tenet delivered a speech to CIA employees about his resignation, and was greeted by a very long and enthusiastic round of applause. He announced his
last day will be July 11th, 2004, the 7th anniversary of his being sworn in as DCI. He spoke highly of President Bush and commended his efforts to
rebuild the Intelligence agency. He outlined the improvements in the agency during his time, including new training facilities and streamlining of
processes with the goal of "protecting America's families."
Tenet complimented CIA employees on their "dedication and valor" during the post 9-11 months, and in their support of those in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He encouraged the staff to believe in themselves and always "stay on course," that "our mission should always come first."
"This is the most difficult decision I have ever had to make...this was a personal decision...it is for the benefit of my wonderful family."
He spoke directly to his young son, sitting in the front row, saying "You've always been a great son, now I'm going to be a great dad."
Tenet joked several times during the speech, but was obviously emotional and appeared on the verge of tears at times.
[Edited on 3-6-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 4-6-2004 by Nerdling]