Leon E. Panetta

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Leon Panetta

Leon E. Panetta was appointed Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency on 13 February 2009.[1]

Blackwater revelations

After learning that the CIA had hired the private security contractor Blackwater as part of a planned programme to assassinate Al Qaeda leaders, Panetta held an emergency meeting in June 2009 to brief Congress about the programme for the first time.[2]


  1. Leon. E Panetta], Central Intelligence Agency, 13 February 2009.
  2. Mark Mazzetti, C.I.A. Sought Blackwater’s Help to Kill Jihadists, New York Times, 19 August 2009.