Joe Biden names nominee for CIA director

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BBC News: President-elect Joe Biden has said he will nominate William Burns, a career diplomat, to lead the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Mr Burns has a career spanning 33 years with the State Department. He’s a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, and served as a Deputy Secretary of State under President Obama.

At present, he is serving as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – an international affairs think tank.

Mr Burns’ nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the US Senate. If successful, he will replace Gina Haspel, who – in 2018 – became the first woman to permanently hold the post.