The deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael J. Morell resigned on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Morell served as the deputy director of the CIA since May, 2010, and has held a variety of leadership positions including acting director of the agency prior to the confirmation of CIA Director John Brennan in March, 2013.
Morell will be succeeded by Avril Haines, a former White House counsel and legal advisor to the State Department. The White House says that Morell will continue to serve the public on the president’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
Morell was involved in the framing of the talking points relating to the Benghazi attacks and was reported to have “independently decided to remove” from those talking points references to regional threats that State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland found concerning.
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