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2006-05-05 13:41:48

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA director Porter Goss' resignation on Friday was based on a "mutual understanding" between President George W. Bush, national intelligence director John Negroponte and Goss, a senior Bush administration official said. "The best way to describe it is when you ask somebody to do very difficult things during a period of transition, it often makes sense to hand off the reins to somebody else to take the agency forward," the official said.

2006-05-05 13:29:33

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA chief Porter Goss, assigned to rebuild the U.S. spy agency after huge intelligence lapses over the September 11 attacks and Iraq, abruptly quit on Friday after less than two years on the job. President George W. Bush gave no explanation for Goss' resignation, praising the former member of Congress from Florida for his candid advice. The announcement was made at a hastily arranged event in the Oval Office attended by Goss and John...

2006-04-26 19:28:47

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill prodding spy chief John Negroponte to speed up reforms to the nation's intelligence operations, but Democrats said it ignored concerns about the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping and security leaks. The House cleared the largely classified legislation authorizing next year's intelligence programs by 327 to 96. The bill orders Negroponte to work to cut waste and tighten...

2006-04-20 16:20:26

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suspected senior al Qaeda leaders in U.S. captivity may be put on trial eventually but for now they are too valuable as sources of intelligence, U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte said on Thursday. "They have provided some valuable intelligence information with respect to the war on terror," Negroponte said at a National Press Club lunch. "I can't overstate the importance of that information in the prosecution of the war on terror, and we...

2006-03-16 17:16:01

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Thursday released prewar Iraqi government documents confiscated by U.S. forces, including some it said showed Saddam Hussein's regime suspected an al Qaeda presence in the country. Nine sets of documents, released by the office of U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte and posted to an Army Web site, are the first to be publicly released from a huge cache of materials confiscated by U.S. forces in Iraq. The...

2006-03-13 20:03:34

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Monday said it was preparing to release prewar Iraqi government material from a trove of documents and tape-recordings captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The office of U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte decided in recent days to fund a review and release process for an estimated 48,000 boxes of documents and hundreds of recorded conversations, including many involving Saddam Hussein himself, officials said. The...

2006-03-07 23:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Small teams of special operations troops are being placed in a growing number of American embassies in unstable regions of the world to gather intelligence on terrorists, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. In an article on its Web site, the newspaper said the elite troops, known as "Military Liaison Elements," also plan potential missions to "disrupt, capture or kill" the terrorists. Citing senior Pentagon officials and military officers as sources, the Times said the...

2006-02-28 18:36:25

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States cannot say for certain that North Korea possesses any nuclear weapons but believes Pyongyang has continued to produce plutonium from its 5-megawatt Yongbyon reactor, top intelligence officials said on Tuesday. In a marked departure from precedent, U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte declined to estimate the number of nuclear devices North Korea might have assembled, despite repeated questioning by Democrats at a hearing by...

2006-02-28 14:31:15

By Caren Bohan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday stood by his support for allowing a Dubai-based company to run terminals at six major U.S. ports, as lawmakers raised concerns about a Coast Guard report on security issues. "If there was any doubt in my mind or people in my administration's minds that our ports would be less secure or the American people in danger, this deal wouldn't go forward," Bush said, as the U.S. Congress held another...

2006-02-28 12:44:42

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday stood by his support for allowing a Dubai-based company to run terminals at some U.S. ports, as lawmakers raised concerns about a Coast Guard report on security issues. As Congress held another day of hearings on the contested takeover bid, Bush said his position has not changed. "If there was any doubt in my mind or people in my administration's minds that our ports would be less secure or the American people...