President George W Bush has announced the resignation of CIA chief Porter Goss.
Here are their comments:
This morning, Director Porter Goss offered his resignation as the director of the Central Intelligence
Agency. I've accepted it.
During the course of his tenure,
I've established a very close, personal relationship with
Porter, which is very important for the director of the
He's spent a lot of time here in the Oval Office. He's
told me - he's given me his candid advice. I appreciate his
integrity. I appreciate the honour that he brought to the
Porter's tenure at the CIA was one of transition. He's
helped this agency become integrated into the intelligence
community, and that was a tough job.
He's led ably. He's
got a five-year plan to increase the number of analysts and
operatives, which is going to help make this country a
safer place and help us win the war on terror.
instilled a sense of professionalism. He honours the proud
history of the CIA, an organisation that is known for its
secrecy and accountability.
I am confident that his
successor will continue the reforms that he's put in place,
and as a result, this country will be more secure.
We've got to win the war on terror, and the Central
Intelligence Agency is a vital part of that war. So I want
to thank you for your service.
Mr President, thank you very much. It has been a
very distinct honour and privilege to serve you, and, of
course, the people of the country, and the employees of the
Central Intelligence Agency.
I can tell you the trust and
confidence you've placed in me and given me the latitude to
work is something I could never have imagined and I am most
grateful for it.
I would like to report back to you that I believe the
agency is on a very even keel, sailing well.
believe that we have improved dramatically your goals for
our nation's intelligence capabilities, which are, in fact,
the things that I think are keeping us very safe.
honestly would report to you, sir, that we are safer for
your efforts, your leadership and for the men and women in
the community that are working so hard and doing so well.
Thank you for the support, the encouragement and the
understanding of how tough the work is and how important it