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Richard Ledgett to Retire as NSA Deputy Director

Richard Ledgett

Richard Ledgett, deputy director at the National Security Agency since 2014, will retire this spring after nearly 40 years of government service, Reuters reported Friday.

NSA spokesman Michael Halbig confirmed Ledgett’s planned departure from the agency in an email to Reuters.

Ledgett led the agency’s Media Leaks Task Force and response to leaks of classified information by former contractor Edward Snowden, according to the report by Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball.

The nearly 29-year NSA veteran held various operational, management and technical leadership roles at the branch, division, office and group levels.

Ledgett previously served as director of the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center; national intelligence manager for cyber; deputy director for analysis and production; deputy director for data acquisition; assistant deputy director for data acquisition; and chief of NSA/CSS Pacific.

He also supported signals intelligence gathering at the U.S. Army for nearly 11 years.

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