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Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:44 AM

Biden names William J. Burns as CIA pick

Source: Washington Post

By
John Wagner
National political reporter
Jan. 11, 2021 at 9:38 a.m. EST

President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday that he plans to name William J. Burns, a career diplomat who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, to run the CIA. The choice marked Biden's last major personnel announcement as he prepares to enter the White House on Jan. 20.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/11/trump-impeachment-biden-transition-live-updates/



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Agence France-Presse via Raw Story

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Burns spent over three decades in the US foreign service, including a stint as ambassador to Russia from 2005-2008, and high-ranking jobs in the State Department.

"Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure," Biden said in a statement released by his transition team.

Burns, who holds a masters and doctoral degrees from Oxford University, also served as US ambassador to Oman from 1998-2001.

He retired from the foreign service in 2014 and is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an international affairs think tank in the United States.

https://www.rawstory.com/biden-taps-career-diplomat-william-burns-as-cia-chief/

CNN:

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"The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director," Biden said in a statement.
If confirmed, Burns would become the first leader in the CIA's history whose lifelong experience comes from the State Department.

"Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure," Biden said. "He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect."

Biden was drawn to Burns because of his diplomatic experience and his perceived ability to restore credibility to the intelligence agency in the post-Trump era, people familiar with the matter said, along with his expertise on Russia. His selection would bypass other contenders with more formal experience in the intelligence field.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/11/politics/william-burns-cia-director-nomination/index.html

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:51 AM

1. He speaks Russian and Arabic per my tv.

He seems to be extremely qualified, unlike most of trump's henchmen.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 02:50 PM

4. Very

He'll be easily confirmed.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 12:07 PM

2. Unfortunately, a duplicate LBN

See two lines below this LBN.

Biden to nominate William Burns as CIA director, turning to a longtime diplomat to lead agency
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142666417

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 01:54 PM

3. Thus breaking a line of TrumpenFuhrer asshat appointees to the position. Thank you President Biden.

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