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Top spy Clapper set to move on

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>> I submitted my letter of resignation last night which felt pretty good.>> Now that's transparency in government. The nation's top spy James Clapper announcing he's quitting his job at a packed congressional hearing.>> I got a 64 days left.>> Clapper has had a highly regarded six-year tenure as Director of National Intelligence, marred by an incident when he misled a senate panel on the extent of NSA surveillance.
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He's making the move despite pleas from some democrat lawmakers to consider staying on longer amid worries about a gathering brain drain in key posts. As Donald Trump takes power, and a so far rocky transition.>> I'm hoping you will stay on a little longer, maybe four years longer.
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>> Clapper oversees 17 intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA. And reporter Mark Hosenball says a lot of people in the intelligence community are nervous, considering who's up for the job.>> Some of them seem to be pretty well-qualified. Others are potentially very controversial. The well-qualified ones include an actual member of Trump's transition team, Ron Burgess, a retired general, and a person named Robert Cardillo.
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Previously Cardillo had worked as deputy to Clapper. Then there are other people like James Woolsey, a former CIA director who was involved in production of questionable intelligence related to the Iraq War. And also, Pete Hoekstra, who's the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who's said and done controversial things in the past.
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>> The transition to new blood in Washington has been showing clear signs of bogging down this week in palace intrigue and indecision, raising the odds that some critical positions may not yet be filled when Trump takes the oath in 64 days.>> People in the intelligence community are very nervous.
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I think it's quite possible if Trump comes in and he puts controversial people in charge of these agencies and then tells them to do things that they've already gotten in to trouble for doing, then a bunch of people might leave and that's not good for the US government, that's not good for the agency.
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>> And that could mean the US intelligence community finds itself unequipped in a world with more threats than ever.