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Leon Panetta Tapped To Head CIA

In a surprise appointment, President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Leon Panetta to be the director of the CIA, reports CBS News director of political coverage Steve Chaggaris.

Panetta, 70, was President Clinton's chief of staff from 1994 to 1997 and represented the 16th District of California in the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993.

Panetta has no direct experience in intelligence. He did serve on the Iraq Study Group, which released a report in late 2006 laying out recommendations for changing course on the Iraq war.

Panetta and his wife Sylvia currently direct the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay, a university he helped establish, according to the Associated Press.

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