Intelligence

Panetta’s 'Profanity-Laced' Tirade

Is a national security shakeup coming already? Sources tell ABC News that CIA Director Leon Panetta was in a “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House over the release on Monday of another damning internal investigation. With word circulating that Panetta has already threatened to quit—rumors that the White House and CIA have denied—ABC News writes that “senior White House staff members are already discussing a possible shakeup of top national-security officials.” When asked about Panetta’s alleged tirade, a CIA spokesman said the director is known to use “salty language.” ABC News also reports that replacement candidates have been considered, with one receiving "a series of preparatory briefings."