Former congressman, Bill Clinton and White House chief of staff, Leon Panetta will be President-elect Barack Obama's CIA Director, according to media reports Monday.
Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in the intelligence world. An Obama transition official and another Democrat disclosed his nomination on a condition of anonymity since it was not yet public.
I know nothing about this, other than what I've read, said Senator Feinstein, who was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director, and who will chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the 111th Congress.
My position has consistently been that I believe the CIA is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time, she added.
Panetta served on the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that released a report at the end of 2006 with dozens of recommendations for the reversing course in the Iraq war.