President Barack Obama will nominate his top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, news reports say.
Brennan, the Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, has worked closely with the president on issues like the raid of terrorist group al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's compound. If confirmed, Brennan, a 25 year CIA veteran, would take the role left open by David Petraeus, who resigned in November after admitting to an affair with his biographer, Politico reports.
The nomination set to be announced later today will likely draw attention to the Obama administration's controversial use of drones to kill suspected terrorists overseas. Brennan has defended the legality of the drone operations and said they prevent potential terror attacks. The president is also expected to announce today his nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be the next Secretary of Defense, the article said.
Obama had reportedly considered appointing Brennan to the top CIA post back in 2008. But Brennan withdrew his name when opponents raised concerns about his connection to enhanced interrogation techniques such as water-boarding while serving in the CIA during the George W. Bush administration. Since then, Brennan has worked to make sure that counterterrorism efforts have more oversight and are as transparent as possible, the article said.