Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement today in response to the announcement that Stephen Kappes is leaving his position as Deputy Director of the CIA and will be replaced by CIA veteran Michael Morell:
“I deeply appreciate the service that Stephen Kappes has given to the CIA and to the United States over the course of his long career. I was very supportive of his decision to remain as Deputy Director in the transition between the Bush and Obama Administrations, and he has maintained stability at the Agency and been a great help and resource for Director Panetta over the past year. I wish Mr. Kappes the best in the next stage of his career.
“I also look forward to working more closely with Michael Morell, the new CIA Deputy Director. Mr. Morell is a 30-year veteran of the CIA and has served in the past decade in a senior position overseas, in the Agency’s top internal management position, as the President’s intelligence briefer, and as the Deputy Director for Intelligence.”