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Obama to nominate counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead Central Intelligence Agency

FILE - Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, in this Oct. 29, 2010 file photo. The White House says the president will announce Brennan's nomination as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency during an event Monday afternoon Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
January 07, 2013 - 3:09 AM

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate John Brennan as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, currently serves as Obama's top counterterrorism adviser. The White House says the president will announce Brennan's nomination Monday afternoon.

An Obama administration official says the president will also formally announce that he is nominating Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary. Both men must be confirmed by the Senate.

Obama considered Brennan for the top CIA job in 2008. But Brennan withdrew his name amid questions about his connection to enhanced interrogation techniques while serving in the spy agency during the George W. Bush administration.

Brennan denied involvement in the controversial interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, and has spoken out against them.

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