Here is the statement released by CIA director Porter Goss to announce his resignation:
This morning, I notified the president that I will be stepping
aside as director of CIA.
It has been my distinct honour to serve
the president, the people of the United States, and the very able
men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency.
I am grateful to
President Bush for the trust and responsibility he placed in me, and
for allowing me the privilege of serving him, and the people of the
When the president asked me to become the last DCI (director of
central intelligence), I fully recognised and embraced the challenge
of leading this agency through historic change, not just for the
CIA, but the entire intelligence community (IC).
It was my desire to
lead the CIA - this is where I started my career, and where I
always wanted to return.
I am proud of CIA's leadership team. They share a deep
dedication to improving the agency's capabilities, and are driven by
a complete dedication to mission.
Given the new IC architecture, it
was imperative to have a team that worked not as individual
directorates, but as one.
They have helped me, and CIA as a whole, in our ongoing
inter-agency discussions related to this new architecture.
When I came to CIA in September of 2004, I wanted to accomplish
some very specific things, and we have made great strides on all
fronts, from our field-forward approach, to welcoming record numbers
of new employees who are today receiving better training than ever
We have reintegrated support, and improved tradecraft across
the board - part of which is keeping our secrets.
We also are
reinvigorating and enhancing our analytic capabilities with an even
stronger role for alternative analysis.
And, there is no question,
that CIA remains the leader of cutting edge research and technology,
which enables our security mission.
CIA remains the gold standard. That has been recognised within
the new IC structure - CIA is the national HUMINT (human
intelligence) manager, the place for all source analysis, the
bulwark of our nation's analytic capability, and remains central,
from support to our technological advantage.
Over the next few weeks, I will be here to ensure a smooth and
professional transition, which is the tradition of our agency, as we
welcome the next director of CIA.
During the time of transition, I
am fully confident that the men and women of CIA will be solely
focused on their critical mission.
The past 18 months have been among the proudest of my five
decades in public service.
Every day, I have had the unique
privilege of knowing first hand the extraordinary work the men and
women of CIA do in the name of our nation's security. It has been an