During this week in 2009, and in the wake of the withdrawal of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary in the face of a pay-to-play scandal, more controversy emerged as Leon Panetta, a former chief of staff for Bill Clinton with zero intelligence experience, was selected by Obama as prospective head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
“The Agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge.” Thinly-veiled shot at the new administration or not, those were the words of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat and the new chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Days before, in a show of amateurism quickly becoming an emerging standard for the fledgling administration, the Obama transition team had leaked news of the Panetta selection to the press before informing Feinstein – meaning that the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was forced to learn the identity of the next CIA chief from the newspapers.
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