John Brennan: new general for America’s secret wars

New CIA chief John Brennan is a confidant of President Obama (photo: dpa)
New CIA chief John Brennan is a confidant of President Obama (photo: dpa)

Barack Obama’s new CIA boss has given few clues about the agency’s future under his control, but there are hints of changes in the controversial US armed drones policy and of a switch in emphasis following what is seen in Washington as a successful campaign against al-Qaeda. Any change in direction, though, is likely to be gradual.

JOHN O. Brennan has been installed finally as the new Director of America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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The Senate hearings that confirmed his appointment offered scant clues as to what his tenure will mean for the celebrated agency. The first signs since taking over the directorship point to incr...

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