Deputy Director of CIA Retires

I wrote the other day of the information which Brad Thor received regarding a plan to “out” those who are providing Force Protection for our military in Afghanistan. Now, it would appear as though there may be some fall-out from the attention which the CIA has received regarding this matter.

Here’s the article from the Washington Times:

The CIA announced on Wednesday that Deputy Director Steve Kappes, a veteran operations officer, will retire next month and be replaced by longtime analyst Michael Morell, the agency’s current director of intelligence.

Mr. Kappes was a favorite CIA official among congressional Democrats after he quit the agency in 2004 to protest the leadership of then-Director Porter Goss, who had replaced George Tenet and charged that agency officials were orchestrating a press campaign to undermine the foreign policy of President George W. Bush.

Mr. Kappes was hired back in 2006 by Michael Hayden, who had replaced Mr. Goss as director.

Ishmael Jones, pseudonym for a former CIA deep-cover officer, criticized Mr. Kappes as a “defender of the status quo” who opposed needed intelligence reform, specifically as it relates to human intelligence gathering.

Here is an update from Mr. Thor:

While I have been adverse to mentioning Kappes by name, when I was informed last night that the CIA had leaked to the New York Times the names of Americans covertly providing Force Protection to our troops in Afghanistan and that the Times was going to run with those names, I couldn’t hold back any longer.

As the Agency has blindly followed what has become known as the “Kappes Doctrine” it has made mistake after mistake after mistake; all underscored by the horrible F.O.B. Chapman attack, one of its most deadly.  Something tells me that there won’t be anyone baking any cakes for Mr. Kappes’ sendoff.

There are lots and lots of problems at the Central Intelligence Agency and Kappes’ fingerprints are all over them.  He had become toxic not only for the CIA, but for the Obama Administration, which explains why, after my piece ran this morning, the bus was warmed up and Kappes was told to lay down in front of it.  Ask anyone in the intelligence world – there are no such things as coincidences.

Perhaps this change in leadership will help to change the nature of the frayed relationship between CIA and Department of Defense.