Director Tenet Resigns
The head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has resigned.
George Tenet says he is stepping down for personal reasons.
Jun 2004, 14:48 UTC
President Bush personally made
the surprise announcement.
"George Tenet, the director
of the CIA, has submitted a letter of resignation," he said.
The president said Mr. Tenet
cited personal reasons for his decision to step down after
seven years as head of central intelligence.
"He has been a strong leader
in the war on terror. And I will miss him," the president
George Tenet will remain in
his post until mid-July. A deputy will fill the job in an
acting capacity until a replacement is named.
Bush Commends Tenet - Remarks by the President on the Resignation
of CIA Director George Tenet - The South Lawn
Today, George Tenet, the director of the CIA, submitted a
letter of resignation. I met with George last night in the
White House. I had a good visit with him. He told me was
resigning for personal reasons. I told him I'm sorry he's
leaving. He's done a superb job on behalf of the American
people. I accepted his letter. He will serve at the CIA as
the director until mid July, at which time the deputy director
of the Central Intelligence Agency, John McLaughlin, will
serve as the acting director.
Tenet is the -- is the kind of public service you like --
servant you like to work with. He's strong. He's resolute.
He served his nation as the director for seven years. He
has been a strong and able leader at the agency. He's been
a -- he's been a strong leader in the war on terror. And
I will miss him. I send my blessings to George and his family.
I look forward to working with him until the time he leaves
the agency. And I wish him all the very best.
For Immediate Release
June 3, 2004 Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
STATEMENT OF FBI DIRECTOR ROBERT S. MUELLER, III, ON THE RETIREMENT
OF CIA DIRECTOR GEORGE TENET
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, issued
the following statement today:
have worked closely with George Tenet during my tenure as
We have jointly briefed the President every
weekday morning and participated in countless other meetings,
and I have consistently been impressed by his patriotism, his
leadership, and his commitment to protecting the American people.
I know he has earned the respect of leaders around the world.
He has certainly earned mine.
“George has transformed the CIA – working
to build its human intelligence capabilities, improving the
of its analysis and intelligence products, and providing a
model for the use of Information Technology in the Intelligence
Community. I have seen the results of his efforts every day
in the intelligence we receive and in the unprecedented cooperation
between our agencies.
“George has sought at every turn to bridge the gap between
the CIA and FBI with one goal in mind – the security
of the American public. Due to his constant efforts to bring
the intelligence agencies closer together, we are better able
to predict the actions of our adversaries and to protect Americans
from evolving transnational threats.
resignation is a great loss to the CIA, to the American people,
me personally. I wish him all the best.”
J. Tenet - The Director of Central Intelligence
George John Tenet was sworn in as Director of Central Intelligence
on 11 July 1997 following a unanimous vote by both the Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence and the full Senate. In this position
he heads the Intelligence Community (all foreign intelligence agencies
of the United States) and directs the Central Intelligence Agency.
Mr. Tenet served as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence,
having been confirmed in that position in July 1995. Following
the departure of John Deutch in December 1996, he served as
Mr. Tenet previously served as Special Assistant to the President
and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs at the National
Security Council. While at the NSC, he coordinated Presidential
Decision Directives on ''Intelligence Priorities,'' ''Security
Policy Coordination,'' ''US Counterintelligence Effectiveness,''
and ''US Policy on Remote Sensing Space Capabilities.'' He
also was responsible for coordinating all interagency activities
concerning covert action.
Prior to serving at the National Security Council, he served
on President Clinton's national security transition team. In
this capacity, he coordinated the evaluation of the US Intelligence
Community. Mr. Tenet also served as Staff Director of the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence for over four years under
the chairmanship of Senator David Boren. In this capacity he
was responsible for coordinating all of the Committee's oversight
and legislative activities including the strengthening of covert
action reporting requirements, the creation of a statutory
Inspector General at CIA, and the introduction of comprehensive
legislation to reorganize US intelligence.
Prior to his appointment as Staff Director, Mr. Tenet directed
the Committee's oversight of all arms control negotiations
between the Soviet Union and the United States, culminating
in the preparation of a report to the US Senate on ``The Ability
of US Intelligence to Monitor the Intermediate Nuclear Force
Treaty.'' Mr. Tenet came to the Committee in August of 1985,
as designee to the Vice Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy, after
working three years on the staff of Senator John Heinz as both
a legislative assistant covering national security and energy
issues and as legislative director.
Mr. Tenet holds a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service and an M.I.A. from the School of
International Affairs at Columbia University.
He is a native of New York and is married to A. Stephanie
Glakas-Tenet. They have one son, John Michael.