Obama to Name CIA Chief Panetta US Defense Minister - Report

World | April 27, 2011, Wednesday // 15:07|  views

CIA head Leon Panetta (first R) is expected to replace US Defense Minister Robert Gates (second L). Photo by White House/EPA

US President Barack Obama plans to name CIA Director Leon Panetta Defense Secretary succeeding Robert Gates, according to Obama administration officials.

Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan is expected to take his place as chief of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The reshuffle is expected to take effect this summer. Defense Secretary Robert Gates already has said he will leave in 2011.

The officials cited by international media say President Obama is also expected to announce that Lt. Gen. John Allen will succeed Gen. Petraeus as Afghanistan commander and that diplomat Ryan Crocker will be the next US ambassador in Afghanistan.

The changes are expected to be announced Thursday at the White House; the sources who announced them wished to remain anonymous.

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Tags: Leon Panetta, US Defense Secretary, White House, Barakc Obama, US President, David Petraeus, Robert Gates, CIA, Afghanistan


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