G-Man Among the Spooks

Webster is likely to run the CIA as he did the FBI - by the book

William Webster first heard the term "plausible deniability" a few months after he took command of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That was the last time. "I have a responsibility to know about these sensitive operations and to be accountable," he said, banning the phrase. "I wasn't sent here not to know what was going on."

If, as seems likely, the Senate confirms Webster to head the Central Intelligence Agency, he will be entering territory where plausible deniability still exists. If Webster has his way, however, he will ban the policy again. A man of unassailable integrity with a spongelike mind...

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