After Tenet, CIA spymaster quits post

James Pavitt, the Central Intelligence Agency's deputy director of operations, is the second top-tier official to have resigned in as many days, the agency announced.

    John McLaughlin (R) will take over Tenet's responsibilities

    Although the CIA's announcement comes less than a day after agency chief George Tenet unexpectedly resigned, the intelligency agency insists no link exists between the two.

    "Pavitt made the decision to retire about a month ago, and his departure is unrelated to director of central intelligence George J. Tenet's resignation announcement yesterday," a CIA statement said on Friday.

    Pavitt, 58, has worked for the CIA since 1973 and held various positions in Europe and Asia before his rise to deputy director of operations since 1999.

    As spymaster and the man responsible for covert operations conducted by the CIA, his identity remained a secret until recently.

    Pavitt's deputy Stephen Kappes is expected to take over as deputy director of operations.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.