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Biden Appoints Former C.I.A. Deputy to Return to Job

Added 01-15-21 06:40:04am EST - “The former agency official, David Cohen, is seen as a potential successor to the nominee to run the C.I.A.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Biden Appoints Former C.I.A. Deputy to Return to Job”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The former agency official, David Cohen, is seen as a potential successor to the nominee to run the C.I.A.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. tapped David S. Cohen to return as deputy head of the C.I.A., placing an official who knows the agency well alongside the veteran diplomat he chose to lead it, the Biden transition team announced on Friday.

Mr. Cohen had been considered a top contender to become director of the agency, but Mr. Biden instead nominated William J. Burns, who has held a variety of prominent diplomatic posts. Because Mr. Burns has never worked for the C.I.A., bringing back Mr. Cohen gives him a deputy who is trusted inside the agency and could be a likely successor.

And because the deputy position does not require Senate confirmation, Mr. Cohen will be able to begin work as the acting C.I.A. director on Inauguration Day, while Mr. Burns’s nomination is under consideration.

In talks with transition officials, Mr. Cohen outlined an ambitious agenda for the C.I.A. to bolster its work in critical areas, including global climate change and health issues.

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