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Media Reports: Counterrorism Center Director Leiter to Step Down Next Month

NCTC Director Michael Leiter, Photo: NCTC.gov

Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter will step down next month as the administration mulls a new counterterrorism strategy, according to media reports.

Leiter is generally held in high regard by the intelligence community and Congress, Marc Ambinder of National Journal reports. “NCTC, under Leiter’s tenure, has become an all-source intelligence fusion shop focused on detecting and preventing terrorist attacks inside the U.S.”

Leiter was appointed NCTC director since 2007 under President George W. Bush, and he was retained by the Obama administration.

Prior to his NCTC post, Leiter served as deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

No replacement has yet been made, however Fox News reports White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan is expected to take an active role in staffing the position.

National Journal reports Leiter will step down following the release of the latest iteration of the national counterrorism strategy, which he helped write.

That strategy will reflect the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs as well as regional threats and groups, Fox News reports.

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