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