Magazine article Newsweek

The CIA Chief Steps into It. Yet Again

Magazine article Newsweek

The CIA Chief Steps into It. Yet Again

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Byline: Mark Hosenball

Bush critics and veteran intel operatives alike were amazed when CIA Director Porter Goss, in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library last week, apparently said he found his job overwhelming. The embarrassing report only reinforced the belief among some intel professionals that Goss's tenure has been troubled. The controversy erupted after the Associated Press quoted Goss as saying, "The jobs that I'm being asked to do, the five hats that I wear, are too much for this mortal... I'm a little amazed at the workload." Goss also reportedly said there was such "ambiguity" in the intel-reform bill that he didn't know what his official relationship was supposed to be with John Negroponte, the newly named director of National Intelligence.

Intel officials initially said the CIA chief's lecture was supposed to be closed to the media and that the emcee who introduced him told the audience that Goss's remarks should be treated accordingly. But Joanne Drake, chief of staff of the Reagan Library Foundation, told NEWSWEEK that while the media were not explicitly invited and recording equipment was banned, the speech was publicly announced. She said anyone, including journalists, who bought a $45 ticket was welcome to attend. Drake and an intel official acknowledged the emcee never explicitly declared the session off the record.

Intel officials said Goss was aware the media were not absolutely banned from the luncheon. The officials said Goss nonetheless tried to use self-deprecation and folksy anecdotes to explain to a lay audience how full his plate really is. …

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