Matthew Olsen Appointed as New Director of National Counterterrorism Center

Photo: Matthew Olsen, National Counterterrorism Center

President Barack Obama has chosen Matthew Olsen as his next director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Olsen, formerly general counsel for the National Security Agency, will replace retiring director for the center, Michael Leiter.

The agency was created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed more than 2,900 people. It gathers information from multiple intelligence agencies and briefs the president and policymakers on their assessments.

“Matt will be a critical part of my national security team as we work to tirelessly thwart attacks against our nation and do everything in our power to protect the American people,” Obama said in a statement.

Prior to this role, Olsen worked in the intelligence unit of the Justice Department and oversaw the task force that reviewed intelligence on detainees in Guantanamo Bay. For more than a decade, Olsen was a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., from 1994 to 2006.

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