Michael Morell

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Michael Morell
Michael Morell, December 2012.JPG
Morell in December 2012
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
In office
May 6, 2010 – August 9, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Stephen Kappes
Succeeded by Avril Haines
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Acting
In office
November 9, 2012 – March 8, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by David Petraeus
Succeeded by John Brennan
In office
July 1, 2011 – September 6, 2011
Preceded by Leon Panetta
Succeeded by David Petraeus
Personal details
Born Michael Joseph Morell
(1958-09-04) September 4, 1958 (age 56)
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater University of Akron
Georgetown University

Michael Joseph Morell (born September 4, 1958) was the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and served as acting director twice in 2011 and from 2012 to 2013. Morell retired from his post on August 9, 2013, to devote more time to his family and to pursue other professional opportunities. As of 2014, Morell is CBS News' Senior Security Correspondent.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Morell is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He went to Saint Joseph's School in Cuyahoga Falls. His formal education includes a B.A. in economics from the University of Akron and an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University.[2] He joined the CIA in 1980. He was chief of the CIA's division on Asia, Pacific and Latin America.[3]

Career[edit]

Most of Morell's work in the agency was devoted to Asian projects.[2] He also managed the staff that produced the Presidential Daily Briefings for President George W. Bush. Morell was Bush’s briefer during the September 11, 2001, attacks, and has been quoted as saying, "I would bet every dollar I have that it’s al Qaeda." Furthermore, Morell was a trusted asset to President Barack H. Obama in the Osama bin Laden raid on May 2, 2011.[2][3] Before his 2010 nomination as deputy director, Morell served as director for intelligence, a position he had held since 2008. Before that, he served as the CIA's first associate deputy director from 2006 to 2008.

In May 2010, Morell was sworn in as the deputy director of the CIA, succeeding Stephen Kappes.[4] From July 1, 2011, to September 6, 2011, he served his first stint as acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, replacing Leon Panetta who was named as secretary of defense.[5] On November 9, 2012, Morell once again became acting director after the resignation of David Petraeus, following a sex scandal.[6] President Obama chose John Brennan as Director; he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by 12 to 3 vote on March 5, 2013.[7]

Morell announced his retirement from the CIA on June 12, 2013.[8] In January, 2014, he joined CBS News as a contributor in intelligence and national security.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/01/michael-morell-joins-cbs-news-181573.html
  2. ^ a b c Dyer, Bob (2006-08-17). "Here's the dossier on new No. 3 guy at the CIA: Cuyahoga Falls native, UA grad says spy agency wasn't part of original career plan.". Akron Beacon Journal. Ohio. 
  3. ^ a b "Biography for Michael Morell". Silobreaker. 2006-07-24. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  4. ^ "CIA deputy director steps down". CNN. April 14, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Leadership". Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  6. ^ "CIA director David Petraeus resigns over extramarital affair". CNN. November 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  7. ^ Dilanian, Ken; Memoli, Michael A. (5 March 2013). "Senate committee approves Brennan as CIA director". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ "Reports: CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell Retires". NPR. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Reports: Michael Morell Joins CBS News". Politico. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Stephen Kappes
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
2010–2013
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Leon Panetta
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Acting

2011
Succeeded by
David Petraeus
Preceded by
David Petraeus
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Acting

2012–2013
Succeeded by
John Brennan