Tuesday, July 25, 2006

CIA gives No. 2 job to agent who clashed with Goss

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - A veteran CIA officer who temporarily left the spy agency after clashing with former CIA Director Porter Goss was officially named on Tuesday as the Central Intelligence Agency's new deputy director.

In a move expected to boost morale at a U.S. intelligence flagship that has lost status under reforms, CIA Director Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden announced the appointment of former clandestine operations chief Stephen Kappes as his second in command.

Kappes replaces Navy Vice Admiral Albert Calland, who has been nominated by President George W. Bush as a deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, the CIA said in a statement.

A 23-year CIA veteran, Kappes temporarily left the CIA in November 2004 after a disagreement with Goss involving the direction of the spy agency.

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