CIA chief Goss to resign

President Bush announced the resignation today of Porter Goss, director of the CIA, in taped comments released to the media.

Goss was nominated to head the CIA in August 2004. Before his appointment, Goss represented Florida's 14th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that he had worked as a CIA operative in Latin America during the Cold War.

The CIA will be releasing a statement later today concerning his resignation.

When Goss was first named to the directorship, the CIA was first among the 16 intelligence agencies that form the intelligence community. But after he was confirmed as CIA director, Congress created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence'headed by John Negroponte'which cut back on his influence in the community. Many commentators have said Goss was unhappy at being passed over for the role.

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