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Clapper has Resigned As Director Of National Intelligence

Saying that “It felt really good” to step down, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 75, says he has submitted his letter of resignation. Clapper revealed the news as he testified to the House Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday.

Clapper’s resignation “was expected and does not today appear to indicate that Clapper is in any trouble or is being forced out,” NPR National Security Editor Philip Ewing says. “He has told our Mary Louise Kelly (and others) that he keeps a calendar counting down the days until he is out of government service.”

Clapper has nearly two months left on his term of office; he has sworn in as director of national intelligence (DNI) in August of 2010.

“Everybody needs to take a deep breath,” a DNI spokesperson tells NPR. “Clapper is resigning effective January 20. He will finish out his term. This is not a move designed to register protest or a lack of confidence in the incoming administration.”

Following a military career that ended with his retirement as an Air Force lieutenant general and the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Clapper initially retired from service in 1995. He was drawn back to the government after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, working for a range of defense and intelligence agencies before becoming the director of national intelligence.

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