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C.I.A. Chief Under First Bush Says He Has Declined New Job

Robert M. Gates, who was director of central intelligence under the first President Bush, said on Monday that he had turned down a request from the White House to return to Washington as the first director of national intelligence. Mr. Gates’s decision appears to leave the White House without a leading candidate to fill the job, which was created by Congress last year to take charge of all 15 American intelligence agencies. Some members of Congress and senior intelligence officials have expressed concern that the absence of an appointee has created a leadership vacuum.Full Story

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