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Obama Picks Panetta for CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Democratic officials say President-elect
Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton White House chief of staff
Leon Panetta to run the CIA.
Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in
the intelligence world. An Obama transition official and another
Democrat disclosed his nomination on a condition of anonymity since
it was not yet public.
Panetta was director of the Office of Management and Budget and
a longtime congressman from California.
Retired Admiral Dennis Blair is Barack Obama's choice to be
director of national intelligence.
Two Democratic officials said Monday that the former head of
U.S. Pacific Command was the president-elect's choice for the post.
His nomination has been expected.
Blair served in the Navy for 34 years and he was chief of the
U.S. Pacific Command during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


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