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Message from the Director: Inspector General’s Retirement

Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on the Retirement of CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson

February 18, 2009

The Agency’s Inspector General, John Helgerson, told me this morning that he plans to retire next month. John has had a long and very distinguished career, serving CIA, the Intelligence Community, and the country with skill and great dedication.

Like John, I strongly believe in a vigorous, independent Inspector General. That is absolutely essential to our health as an organization. It is also crucial to the relationship of trust that CIA must have with the Congress and—through its oversight—with the American people.

Beyond his seven years as Inspector General, John held a variety of other senior leadership posts. He was Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Deputy Director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and Deputy Director for Intelligence here at CIA. He literally wrote the book on briefing Presidential candidates, and our Community drew on his work during the recent transition.

I appreciate John’s many contributions, and wish him and his family the best for the future.

Leon E. Panetta


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Posted: Feb 18, 2009 01:50 PM
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