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photoPresident Clinton appointed George Tenet to head the CIA in 1997, making him the third-longest-serving director in the agency's history.

He's reputed to be well-liked, and is credited with improving the Agency's morale and performance. But the CIA's two massive intelligence failures on Tenet's watch — 9/11 and the allegation that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction — have dogged his tenure.

Click the "Listen" link to hear about George Tenet's time at the CIA, his relationship with the White House, and why he's leaving now.


Walter Pincus, Washington Post staff writer

Robert Baer, former CIA agent

Robert Dreyfuss, intelligence reporter.

This program aired on June 3, 2004.