Two senior officials at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency have
turned in their resignations amid mounting turmoil since the recent
appointment of a new director.
Deputy Director John McLaughlin announced his retirement from
the spy agency Friday after 32 years of service.
The Washington Post newspaper quotes unidentified officials
as saying he resigned after warning recently-appointed director
Porter Goss that one of his top aides, chief of staff Patrick Murray,
was "treating senior officials disrespectfully and risked widespread
Deputy Director of Operations Stephen Kappes also tendered his
resignation Friday, reportedly after a confrontation with the same
The article says after offering his resignation, Mr. Kappes agreed
to delay his decision until Monday.
It also says several other senior CIA officers have threatened
The CIA has been sharply criticized for intelligence failures
leading up to the 2001 September 11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq