National intelligence chief resigns after months of friction

The retired Navy admiral gave no reason for his departure in his public statement


By Jonathan S. Landay
The Virginian-Pilot

WASHINGTON — The nation's top intelligence officer, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, announced his resignation Thursday after months of friction and repeated duels with White House officials.

The retired Navy admiral gave no reason for his departure in his public statement, which he circulated to the 16 intelligence agencies that he oversees, nor did he express thanks to President Barack Obama for the opportunity to serve in his administration.

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