Mathew Olsen Named Director of Counterterrorism

6 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Friday, July 01 2011 Jul 1, 2011 Friday, July 01, 2011 11:46:00 AM CDT July 01, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An administration official says President Barack Obama has chosen Matthew Olsen to be the next director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Obama had not yet made his decision public. An announcement was expected later Friday.

Olsen is general counsel at the National Security Agency and has an extensive background in criminal justice at high levels of the federal government.

Olsen would replace Michael Leiter, a former Navy fighter pilot who is resigning after 4 1/2 years on the job under Obama and President George W. Bush.

The director's position requires Senate confirmation.

The National Counterterrorism Center, established after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is the primary agency charged with analyzing and integrating counterterrorism intelligence.

 

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