The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, announced Monday that he has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA, for its acronym in English) during his term.
Burns, 64, has served as ambassador to Russia and Jordan, in a 33-year career at the State Department that spanned both Democratic and Republican governments. He rose through the ranks of the diplomatic corps to become undersecretary of state, before retiring in 2014 to head the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace.
In the troubled times at the State Department that began when Donald Trump became president in 2017, Burns avoided making public statements about it until last year, when he began writing influential texts critical of the Trump administration’s foreign policy. , among other publications.RELATED
“Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage who has kept our country safe and secure,” said Biden. “He shares my deep belief that intelligence should be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals who serve our country deserve our gratitude and respect. Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, judgment and perspective we need to prevent and deal with threats before they reach our shores. The American people will sleep peacefully with him as our next CIA director. “
For her part, the vice president-elect, Kamala harris, indicated that Burns “has a vast knowledge of the global threats and challenges facing our country. He will lead the CIA with independence and integrity, always honoring our nation’s intelligence professionals. And President-elect Joe Biden and I will work closely with Ambassador Burns, and our entire national security team, to prevent and prevail over any threat to the United States of America. “
During his career, Burns has received three Presidential awards for distinguished service, as well as the recipient of civilian honors from the Pentagon and the United States intelligence community.