US President-elect Joe Biden announced yesterday that William Burns, a veteran diplomat who has held several positions around the world, has been chosen to run the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Biden said, “Bill (William) Burns is an exemplary diplomat, with decades of experience on the world stage (in order to) keep our people and our country in peace and security,” according to a statement distributed by his media office.
“He shares my firm belief that intelligence should be depoliticized,” added the president-elect, who is due to take office on January 20.
Burns retired from the diplomatic corps in 2014, after serving within him for 33 years, especially as America’s ambassador to Russia (from 2005 to 2008), before heading the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a research institution on international relations.
The statement indicated that Burns would be the first diplomat to head the agency.
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