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

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months