Friday, 15 December, 2017

Senior US officials recommend removal of NSA director

Sept. 24 2015 Director of the National Security Agency Adm. Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill before the Senate Intelligence Committee Senior US officials recommend removal of NSA director
Cecilia Poole | 20 November, 2016, 11:09

The Washington Post cited several unnamed officials familiar with the matter as saying Carter and Clapper recommended last month that Obama remove Adm. Rogers, as well as separate the U.S. military's Cyber Command from the NSA.

Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.to oust Rogers was reportedly made last month, several USA officials told the newspaper.

President-elect Donald Trump was said to be considering Rogers as director of national intelligence in his incoming administration.

"The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper Jr", The Washington Post reported citing multiple United States officials familiar with the case. Nunes asked Carter and Clapper "to provide a full explanation of the allegations contained in the Post article" and said he would convene an open hearing "at the earliest possible opportunity".

Carter's concerns about the NSA chief dealt with lax security against insider threats at the agency, according to the Post.

The president has reportedly not taken action on the recommendation because he is also mulling over whether to separate the NSA from the nation's Cyber Command, an issue that would complicated Rogers's departure.

U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) is responsible for the defense of military computer networks, but can also conduct offensive cyber operations, as it has done recently against ISIS' cyber networks. Many have suggested that the two agencies should exist under their own command structures.

Carter and Clapper believe there should no longer be one person in charge of Cyber Command and NSA, a stance that has complicated the White House process of naming a Rogers successor, officials said.

In his letter, Nunes praised Rogers, describing him as competent. His professionalism, expertise, and deckplate leadership have been remarkable during an extremely challenging period for NSA.

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