The #2 man is stepping aside:
A senior official in the CIA’s espionage branch will leave earlier than announced because of a dispute with CIA Director Porter J. Goss on reforms within the agency’s spying branch, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Robert Richer, the associate deputy director of operations, the No. 2 official in the CIA’s clandestine service, had planned to retire from the agency effective November, according to a recent announcement to agency employees by Mr. Goss.
However, Mr. Richer now will enter the agency’s retirement transition program within two weeks, said officials, who declined to be named.
A CIA spokesman refused to comment.
Mr. Richer told associates earlier this week that he decided to enter the transition program earlier because of concerns about the CIA leadership.
Has anyone found any thorough discussions about the changes in the intelligence gathering structure? My initial reaction is that any shake-up at CIA is good, given their recent performance. However, that does not mean improvement in capabilities, as it is possibleto go from bad to worse.