Porter Goss resigns
There's a roundup at Pajamas Media of blog reaction to the resignation of Porter Goss. It's been updated and reflects the latest speculation. The tea leaves are reading ambiguously, with some suggesting that:
- it was a conflict with Negroponte
- he was worn down by CIA rebels
- he was connected to the Cunningham scandal or knew someone who was
- Fox is reporting from a Democratic Intelligence Committee source that there were rumbles this was in the works for some time.
- Kristol thinks "something popped" this week, but doesn't know what.
Also, see In From the Cold where Formerspook responds to Dymphna's question at considerable length. And oh, this is an open post, so anyone with leads please chime in.
Time has a long piece hinting how Goss may have resigned because he had been left to preside over a shrinking shell. According to the story, the CIA was in the process of becoming bureaucratically diminished. In particular, the role of liaising with foreign intelligence agencies was being taken from them.
In a speech in San Antonio last week, Negroponte's top deputy, Michael Hayden, declared that an office largely under Negroponte's control — the National Counterterrorism Center, or NCTC — was now in charge of dictating the role other agencies will play in terror analysis. ... In the speech, Hayden also said Negroponte's office would be in charge of "liaison" relationships with foreign intelligence services — long the treasured turf of the CIA — which have historically produced much of the most important intelligence, according to a former senior CIA official. ... CIA supporters are upset about what they see as the neutering of an agency that helped win the Cold War and worry that it will undermine its human spy responsibilities, of which the CIA is still in charge. "It's a huge thing going on. It's a huge drama and nobody's picking up on it," the former CIA official said of the DNI's realignment of CIA responsibilities. "CIA feels quite friendless right now. We're seeing more pieces of it just keep being moved to the door."
Lewis Libby defense lawyer Theodore Wells told a federal judge a short time ago that the Libby defense team has located “five witnesses who will say under oath that Mr. [Joseph] Wilson told them his wife worked for the CIA.” Wells said he expects that prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will call Wilson himself to the stand to rebut those accusations.
Left Coaster is now reporting that Fitzgerald has opposed Libby's request to call the witnesses.
Unrelated to Porter Goss or are we looking at a world where there are really no genuine coincidences?
More info. The Freerepublic is reporting a TV interview detailing the impact of the changes at CIA during Porter Goss' term. "Senator Pat Roberts being interviewed by Jim Angle said that the number of employees at CIA dropped from 100,000 to 75,000 during the Goss tenure."
A CNN interview with Former acting CIA Director John McLaughlin where he says this:
Porter Goss came in with a view that he wanted to strengthen the clandestine service, which is the part of the agency that collects secrets overseas, and strengthen other parts of the agency, but particularly the clandestine service. He came in at a difficult moment, and I think got off to a rocky start for a number of reasons. ...
As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, his committee had published a number of studies and statements that were quite critical of the performance of CIA. And those of us who were there frequently disagreed with the characterization.
So he came in in a climate where a number of people who had worked hard on these problems would have given the agency higher marks or disagreed with the thrust of his initial thoughts as expressed in those studies. ... So that was part of it. ...
And he also, I think, had a charge ... to tighten the agency up at a time when people thought it was leaking. ...
I have always argued that it wasn't leaking to the extent that many people thought it was, but clearly, he had an agenda to tighten it up, which he has done.
Captain Ed has a long piece emphasizing the disruptive effects of intelligence reorganization and speculates on who the next CIA director could be. Hint: Frances Townsend