Breaking: Deputy CIA director Mike Morell resigns; Update: Morell to join Obama’s intel advisory board

posted at 4:01 pm on June 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

The news broke within the last few minutes. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because Morell was the guy who signed off on the now infamous edit of the CIA’s Benghazi talking points that removed references to previous warnings about jihadi activity in the area. Is today’s resignation related to that, or is it related somehow to the NSA/PRISM/Snowden clusterfark?

Fox News is quoting his statement as saying “It’s time for my family,” but I can’t remotely believe this guy would quit now in the middle of a Category Five natsec hurricane knowing how suspicious it would look if he didn’t have a more compelling reason than that. Is he being squeezed out because there’s some more damning leak to come and the White House wants to get out in front of it by dispatching with the person or persons responsible?

Stand by for updates.

Update: The person set to replace Morell as deputy is — ta da — a White House lawyer who’s worked on national security issues. Is she being chosen because new CIA chief John Brennan knows/respects her from his time working with her in the WH or because O wants a tighter hold on the CIA and needs loyalists in charge there to make it happen?

Update: If O wanted a scapegoat for NSA snooping, which would be really weird given that he’s been defending the snooping himself, he’d can the NSA’s director, no? Morell seems a bit far afield to blame for that unless there’s something we don’t know.

Update: I thought he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Morell, widely admired both within the intelligence community and Capitol Hill, is a veteran of the CIA’s analytical division, rather than undercover espionage, and had worked at the agency for 33 years.

He will join the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the White House said.

O might want Morell out but he doesn’t want him disgruntled. An honorary position on his intel board might keep him happy, no? Then again, if Morell’s moving over to the IAB, presumably that means there’s nothing scandalous about him coming out. No point in cutting him loose from CIA to distance the White House from him if you’re going to appoint him to a presidential board instead. Maybe this really is an exceptionally ill-timed resignation for personal reasons.


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D-fusit on June 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Extra butter, please.
This is imploding. Big time. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

ORconservative on June 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Extra Large w/double extra butter coming right up, and I’ll throw in a Big Gulp on the house. Cheers!

D-fusit on June 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

“WASHINGTON — CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell retired from his post Wednesday, after managing the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus (peh-TRAY’-uhs) over an extramarital affair, and defending the agency’s performance over the attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Morell was passed over for the top CIA spot by President Barack Obama in favor of his counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, who announced Morrell’s departure Wednesday.

Brennan said he Morell will be replaced by Avril Haines, currently a deputy assistant to the president and legal adviser at the National Security Council.

Morell agreed to the State Department’s request to remove a reference to militants in a controversial memo of talking points on the Libya attack.

Morell also drew criticism for stating that the CIA’s interrogation program produced some useful information…”

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/cia_deputy_director_quits_after_NfS72J3ZjVbr3GKb64q5LN?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20National

workingclass artist on June 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Haines, who will succeed career officer Michael Morell on Aug. 9, has served for three years as President Obama’s deputy counsel in charge of national security issues and as legal adviser to the National Security Council. Although she has never worked inside the intelligence agency, “she knows more about covert action than anyone in the U.S. government outside of the CIA

Why does somebody outside of the CIA know all about covert actions?

Why do we bother having Top Secret security clearances? There are no secrets anymore.

Shouldn’t the president know more about covert actions than some hack lawyer?

fogw on June 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

O might want Morell out but he doesn’t want him disgruntled. An honorary position on his intel board might keep him happy, no?

Plus, he might protect him from testifying…

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

See updates.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I’ll take the Big Gulp. Extra everything bad since I won’t have a long life at this rate, anyway.

What a strange a** story. Now he doesn’t need time with his family and chicklet replacement has no CIA experience? Say What??

ORconservative on June 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

O might want Morell out but he doesn’t want him disgruntled.

And the Fort Marcy Park thing has already been done.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Say What??

ORconservative on June 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

What.

D-fusit on June 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM

You could be 250 years old and you would still never remember any administration getting away with the outright treason and crimes against the Constitution and the People that you have seen with this one.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Okay that simply isn’t true. Hitler was only slightly less effective at this kind of stuff.

As far as American administrations, you’re dead on accurate. They make no pretense of caring about the Constitution these days. All government agencies and actions are nothing more than political tools to a radical left-wing agenda. We’ve seen it with the IRS, the NSA, and (I’m convinced) that OFA database being used to push out non-Democrat voters.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Maybe this really is an exceptionally ill-timed resignation for personal reasons.

What’s the bullcrap “about the family” then?

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Shouldn’t the president know more about covert actions than some hack lawyer?

fogw on June 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Everyday I become more convinced that he’s just some kind of figurehead. There is nothing there.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

O might want Morell out but he doesn’t want him disgruntled. An honorary position on his intel board might keep him happy, no?
Plus, he might protect him from testifying…

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Maybe his family works for the intel board……

VegasRick on June 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

and chicklet replacement has no CIA experience? Say What??

ORconservative on June 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

But she has CYA experience.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Obama is a child.
How in the hell are we supposed to comfortable with ” data mining” when this is how they operate?

ORconservative on June 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Is there a stronger claim of Executive Privilege if he is part of the WH’s intel board as opposed to working at the CIA? Presumably either way, he would have privacy claims related to national security, however, Congress could go into private session with him on those issues.

Conservative in NOVA on June 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

CYA experience, that is all that matters, I forgot.
Shocking Hillary isn’t needed/

ORconservative on June 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Exactly what is the Intel Advisory Board..?

d1carter on June 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Another buyoff. Media outrage in 5…4… uh …never.

ROCnPhilly on June 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Conservative in NOVA on June 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

In Obama’s lap he doesn’t have to testify at all.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

And the Fort Marcy Park thing has already been done.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

So has the Ron Brown thing (whose son just plead guilty for corruption on the DC Council). Face it, the Clintons made it very hard for any other politician to have a string of conveniently dead possible witnesses to scandal.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Glenn Beck said today, that the country will be rocked in the next 24 hours. He went on to talk about how dyer is going to be. Beck has seen a document from a whistleblower, that will take down the entire power structure both GOP, Dems, a lot in congress, even outside of congress. He’s saying the American people will be greatly divided in the next 10 days. He even said we’re going to witness things that’s never been seen in American before.
The whistleblower is scared to dead. That one document will take down the power structure be but, Beck has seen one document that will take them all down. They guy want do it unless in front of congress and televised, said the guy is dead (literally) from both GOP & Dems, not to mention the current administration!

Zcat on June 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

You people just don’t get it, do you? As a newly-appointed member of the Whitehouse’s Executive Team, Obama wraps the claim of “executive privilege” around this guy so he can’t be called to testify, just like he recently did with Susan Rice.

Mahdi on June 12, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Glenn Beck said today, that the country will be rocked in the next 24 hours. He went on to talk about how dyer is going to be. Beck has seen a document from a whistleblower, that will take down the entire power structure both GOP, Dems, a lot in congress, even outside of congress. He’s saying the American people will be greatly divided in the next 10 days. He even said we’re going to witness things that’s never been seen in American before.
The whistleblower is scared to dead. That one document will take down the power structure be but, Beck has seen one document that will take them all down. They guy want do it unless in front of congress and televised, said the guy is dead (literally) from both GOP & Dems, not to mention the current administration!

Zcat on June 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

These days I take what Glenn Beck says on a wait and see basis. So, let’s wait and see.

oldroy on June 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I can’t wait to see where Cheryl Mills lands…

d1carter on June 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I hope what Beck says is true, there has to be a tipping point and it feels really close….and I know nothing.

ORconservative on June 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Deputy CIA director Mike Morell resigns

That’s why you have deputy directors–to take the fall for the big fellas!

But, Mr President, no matter how many pawns you sacrifice, don’t forget your Shakespeare: “Here is the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will sweeten this little hand.”

MaiDee on June 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

These days I take what Glenn Beck says on a wait and see basis. So, let’s wait and see.

oldroy on June 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Yeah, he’s overpromised before.

a capella on June 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

will NOT sweeten of course

MaiDee on June 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Remember when Nixon said “I am not a crook”?

When everyone in government is a crook, top to bottom, who makes the arrest?

fogw on June 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

“He will join the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the White House said.”

Now Obowma can shield him from testifying…

… How lucky is that?

Seven Percent Solution on June 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Maybe this really is an exceptionally ill-timed resignation for personal reasons.

Yeah, right. Resigning for a new ‘job’ that pays you to stay home.

GarandFan on June 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Maybe this really is an exceptionally ill-timed resignation for personal reasons.

Nothing is “ill-timed” or coincidental with this group of marauders.

Jus’ sayin’.

Spark Chaser on June 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I’ll throw in a Big Gulp on the house. Cheers!

D-fusit on June 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Bloomberg is on his way over to your house.

John the Libertarian on June 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

By putting Morell on some BS presidential board, if the Benghazi mess starts circling the WH, does Obama get to claim executive privilege for any dirt Morell might have?

BuckeyeSam on June 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Or, maybe there’s some secret Presidential order that grants Obama the ability to declare national security, once again, to try and hide his crimes against America.

HopeHeFails on June 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

These days I take what Glenn Beck says on a wait and see basis. So, let’s wait and see.

oldroy on June 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Yeah, he’s overpromised before.

a capella on June 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

True, but on the other hand, he was one of the first (with any degree of visibility) to start banging the drum on the Jarrett presidency regarding threats like Van Jones, Anita Dunn, Cloward-Piven and others. Credit where credit’s due.

bofh on June 12, 2013 at 5:54 PM

And I also proclaim, to the horror-the horror of goodie-tooshoos MadCon, the End of the Age of Islamic Terror.

To say that we have to surrender our freedoms and peace of mind out of fear of a few bearded fanatics slumming along some goat-track in far-off Kafiristan dreaming of Bacha Bazi, when the actual probability of any group being able to pull off a major strike within our borders is null to zero.

When the chief threat of terrorist attacks within our borders is from Islamics who have been imported into this country by the same All-Seeeing State that now uses their presence here as an excuse to seize our freedoms and our money in order protect us against this threat that the State has itself created- the best way to defend ourselves is to dissolve this treasonous government and replace them with patriots from among We the People who have the nation’s best interests at heart.

The chief terrorist group that threatens this country is now operating within our borders in the form of the Gang of Eight and the treasonus worm Mark Rubio in attempting to detonate the suicide-vest dirty bomb Amnesty Bill.

It’s We the People who need our own fleet of weaponized drones and extensive eavesdropping apparatus in order to track and defend ourselves from these madmen bent on our destruction.

sartana on June 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

At this point I hope I live long enough for the truth to come out about Obama. People will keep the Clinton secrets as long as there is a chance that she will be elected and they will profit from it.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Glenn Beck said today, that the country will be rocked in the next 24 hours. He went on to talk about how dyer is going to be. Beck has seen a document from a whistleblower, that will take down the entire power structure both GOP, Dems, a lot in congress, even outside of congress. He’s saying the American people will be greatly divided in the next 10 days. He even said we’re going to witness things that’s never been seen in American before.
The whistleblower is scared to dead. That one document will take down the power structure be but, Beck has seen one document that will take them all down. They guy want do it unless in front of congress and televised, said the guy is dead (literally) from both GOP & Dems, not to mention the current administration!

Zcat on June 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Promises, promises. This is similar to what was posted on Canadian Free Press a few days ago.

I’ll buy the popcorn, but hold off on popping it just yet as this has been said before.

kim roy on June 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I’m worried about the amatuer Obama chose to replace Morell. Just a couple short years ago she was a junior State Department lawyer, in a group famous for their self-impressed horseshit attitude towards the CIA. During 9/11 for crying out loud, she was a legal intern in the Hague. After the State assignment, she went on to be a mid-level staffer in the WH, where she met her mentor John Brennan (by the way, has anyone figured out if he converted to Islam while he was over in Saudi, or not?).

She only knows the CIA from the perspective of a consumer of limited amounts of their product. And, did I mention she was a State Department lawyer? We are in deep doodoo.

MTF on June 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Obama is trying to nail shut all the exits, isn’t he?

PattyJ on June 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Maybe this really is an exceptionally ill-timed resignation for personal reasons.

Seriously? Does the Won even know he has an intel board?

Kissmygrits on June 12, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Works every time. Do Obama’s bidding and lie and cover for him, and you get shielded and rewarded.

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

again…no one gets fired, everyone gets a promotion

cmsinaz on June 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Ben Ghazi? Who’s he?

Del Dolemonte on June 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

From IMDB:

“Run for Your Life” (1965)

Ben Gazzara plays a successful lawyer who is told by his doctor in the first episode that he will die in one to two years. He decides to do all of the things he has never had time for. The program becomes a series of plays in which he meets a wide variety of people from bums riding the rails, to gigolos, to orphans and becomes a man who has little fear of death and everything but time.

rottenrobbie on June 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Obama is trying to nail shut all the exits, isn’t he?

PattyJ on June 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM

And hopefully he’ll be nailed inside with the rest of them when it blows.

MustLoveBlogs on June 12, 2013 at 6:54 PM

“If I know every single phone call you made I’m able to determine every single person you talk to. I can get a pattern about your life that is very, very intrusive. The real question here is what do they do with this information they collect that does not have anything to do with Al-Qaeda? And we’re going to trust the president and the vice president of the United States that they’re doing the right thing. Don’t count me in on that.“

- Joe Biden, 2006

But, we’re supposed to trust this administration. No thanks.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

So if Morell is working for Obama as an advisor…Does that make it just that much harder to testify before Congress?

Smells like Susan Rice…

workingclass artist on June 12, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I’m worried about the amatuer Obama chose to replace Morell. Just a couple short years ago she was a junior State Department lawyer, in a group famous for their self-impressed horseshit attitude towards the CIA. During 9/11 for crying out loud, she was a legal intern in the Hague. After the State assignment, she went on to be a mid-level staffer in the WH, where she met her mentor John Brennan (by the way, has anyone figured out if he converted to Islam while he was over in Saudi, or not?).

She only knows the CIA from the perspective of a consumer of limited amounts of their product. And, did I mention she was a State Department lawyer? We are in deep doodoo.

MTF on June 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

After Obama’s recent handiwork with the Military…

Yep.

workingclass artist on June 12, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Sounds like we got a little Stalinist purge going on.

Out with the old exposed cronies, in with the new battle tested best-liar cronies.

Axion on June 12, 2013 at 7:49 PM

At this point I hope I live long enough for the truth to come out about Obama. People will keep the Clinton secrets as long as there is a chance that she will be elected and they will profit from it.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Eyesight. I get !! confused with ll (double l’s)and this administration had their share of film connections and a sensitivity about some movies.

Well they sure had me confused.

I thought film maker Michael Moore of Farenheit 911 fame was assistant director of CIA.

You know… Michael More!! With some of these appointments, you never know.

IlikedAUH2O on June 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Whats with this “woman” thing the first Gay President has goin’ on?
Is it thats he is a perennial submissive?

Mimzey on June 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I suppose this will qualify him for O to exert Executive Privilege.

ghostwalker1 on June 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Seriously? Does the Won even know he has an intel board?

Kissmygrits on June 12, 2013 at 6:32 PM

SURE!!

You ask him about Intelligence, and he puts his hand over his face.

WryTrvllr on June 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Good news:
There are places in the U.S.A. free of the Washington D.C. evil money cult where freedom, liberty, fun, and good music rule.

Texas

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Not exactly a place where you will find many RINO’s, it is real and it will stay that way.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM

O might want Morell out but he doesn’t want him disgruntled.

And the Fort Marcy Park thing has already been done.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Maybe a trip to the park would Foster gruntlement instead of disgruntlement.

SparkPlug on June 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Its safe to say that Snoop Millhouse Obama and his regime is coming unglued.

SparkPlug on June 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Obama should be impeached! His protectors should be brought up on charges and if found guilty, put in jail!
I am sick and tired of our representatives playing tootsie under the table with these criminals!
Will someone, anyone stand up for America and our Constitution?
I can’t understand what is happening? Our country has undergone a coup. People like Rubio are attempting to change our entire way of life and the complexion of our country.
People say what will we do with X million illegals? Well, what is anyone doing now?
They already get taxpayer provided food stamps, section 8 housing, medical treatment (emergency rooms) free educations, food stamps/EBT cards, WIC and so much more.
Hell, I’d like their life! I am working two jobs trying to make ends meet, trying to hold on to my home and these leaches are sucking the life out of my family.
Obama and his crew are sucking the life out of AMERICA and NO ONE is doing a damn thing about it? His attorney general lies before congress, his NSA chief lies before congress, his IRS Lerner lies before congress and NOTHING happens?
What the hell is going on?????
Beam me up!

Delsa on June 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if Morell could squeeze in a little time to help Organizing For America in integrating metadata from NSA er I mean Google, Microsoft, Verizon, ATT, and similar giants. We know OFA got private 501(c) application data that somehow migrated from ironclad security at IRS. Wouldn’t we all be shocked SHOCKED if that sort of thing happens again and again.

Mark30339 on June 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Hhmmm, this looks like “Presidential Privilege” will be invoked on all the scandals.

Those with “knowledge” in the agencies surrounded by scandal are resigning only to reappear as Adviser/Counsel to the President. Those who have been Adviser/Counsel to the President are moving into the scandalized agencies.

Watch this space … Senator (now Prez) Stealth is on the move

Jimbobby on June 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Bam is in full mafia-chief mode now. Not even bothering to hide how much of a lair,traitor, thug he is. In fact, he seems to be reveling in it.

No different than any other Chicago Mafioso Don.

avagreen on June 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Just another way for Obama to shield potential witnesses against the administration. Now he can declare executive privilege.

generouse on June 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

ANYTHING for O.

dylan on June 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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