Pentagon, intelligence community abuzz with rumors about removal of NSA head Adm. Michael S. Rogers

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Even as Trump continues to mull over and announce important cabinet appointments - a storm is brewing in the Pentagon, and has furiously spread over the last couple of ...


• Top officials are reportedly frustrated with Admiral Rogers’s performance

• The agency has repeatedly lost closely guarded secrets and slow movement in combating ISIS

• Adm. Michael S. Rogers is the leader of the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Even as Trump continues to mull over and announce important cabinet appointments - a storm is brewing in the Pentagon, and has furiously spread over the last couple of days. 

Reports citing top level administration and intelligence sources claimed that President Barack Obama is considering the remove of Adm. Michael S. Rogers as the head of the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command. 

Incidentally, reports had stated that President-elect Donald Trump was considering offering a top position to Admiral Rogers in his administration and that he even met the man on Thursday, without the knowledge of the White House.

Now, reports have claimed that Obama was being pushed to remove Admiral Rogers by top officials who have expressed frustration at the repeated loss of closely guarded secrets and the slow movement on combating the Islamic State Militant group. 

Trump meanwhile was said to be considering appointing Admiral Rogers as the director of the national intelligence, to oversee all the 16 intelligence agencies. 

Admiral Rogers was promoted to head the NSA by the Obama administration in 2014 and reports pointed out that the current director of national intelligence, James Clapper Jr and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had recommended his removal last month.

Official sources however claimed that the recommendations made to Obama were not related to Trump’s interest in hiring Admiral Rogers - but solely based on breaches during his tenure at the NSA and as its head.

Neither the White House, nor the Pentagon have commented on the statements first reported by The Washington Post. 

According to reports, a replacement for Admiral Rogers would be confirmed only after Trump enters the Oval office. 

Meanwhile, reports pointed out that both Carter and Clapper had formally recommended to the White House via a letter to split the NSA from the Cyber Command. 

Experts are now debating whether Trump would indeed hire a man who has suffered lapses before and yet others are interested to know why Obama would want to fire one of the nation’s top intelligence officers, with merely a few days left in the White House. 

 

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