"Jim Clapper, the first Director of National Intelligence to order budget cuts across the intelligence community, may be leaving his post this fall.
Or, then again, he may not. At this stage, all is rumor. So far, we've got three people with good intelligence connections saying Clapper is likely on the way out. We've got one former senior intelligence saying it is not likely.
But as so often with the intelligence community, rumors possess value because they indicate perception as much as fact. There may be senior Obama administration officials who would like to see Clapper gone. He is a career military man heading a "civilian" intelligence community and there's another such fish over at CIA named Petraeus. And we all know how they treated retired Adm. Dennis Blair.
Also, two of the sources for the rumor may have a strong institutional interest in Clapper's departure. But we can't say more for fear of blowing their cover.
A source with excellent intelligence community access had a specific piece of information. "Clapper was told he is no longer valued....back in October. General Cartwright was offered the job but declined," this source said in an email. [Read more: Clark/AOLDefense/5March2012]"
This appeared in rhe "WeeklyNotes" of the Associatin of Former Intelligence Officers this week.
I am not a friend of Clapper, but it it must be said that he has been effective as DNI and the quality of national intelligence estimates has greatly improved on his "watch."
I that why "they" want to get rid of him? pl