When Anthony Lake was nominated by President Clinton to be CIA director last December, CIA officials breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, the badly shaken agency would be getting a director who could provide it with the stability, stature and White House access needed to help the CIA adapt to the post-Cold War world.
Instead, Lake's sudden withdrawal from his bitter confirmation battle has sent yet another shudder through an agency that has been plagued by turmoil for half a decade, The Los Angeles Times reported today.
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