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Reports: Panetta To Be Defense Secretary, Pitraeus To Take Charge of CIA

April 27, 2011

U.S. media reports today said that CIA director Leon Panetta is due to become U.S. Defense Secretary replacing Robert Gates, who has already said he will leave this year.

The reports, quoting unnamed administration sources, said Panetta would be replaced at the spy agency's helm by U.S. Army General David Petraeus, current head of military operations in Afghanistan.

The changes would probably take effect this summer. The officials say President Barack Obama is expected to also announce that General John Allen would replace Petraeus as Afghanistan commander, and that diplomat Ryan Crocker will be the next U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan.

The changes are expected to be announced on April 28 at the White House.

compiled from agency reports


Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/panetta_defense_secretary_pitraeus_cia/16795690.html

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