"..a senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of events says Goss was dismissed as CIA director after the White House became convinced that strong disagreements with his immediate boss, John Negroponte, were beyond resolution. Those disputes involved changes that Goss feared would limit the agency’s scope and influence, undercutting its role in analyzing intelligence." Chicago Tribune
"..the senior official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the boiling point was reached earlier this month when it became clear to the White House that Goss and Negroponte were at loggerheads over Negroponte’s insistence that the CIA must dramatically change its focus and mission.
"The Negroponte appointment not only finished Goss but it hurt the agency," said a senior CIA analyst who recently retired after a distinguished 30-year career. "The agency will never be the same."
Negroponte, a career diplomat who is the first person to hold the newly created job of Director of National Intelligence, designed to serve as the intelligence community’s "czar," insisted that the CIA spin off many of its functions to his own office or other agencies and become primarily a "collector" of intelligence, mainly from human sources." Chicago Tribune
I know that some believe that this butt kicking contest in Washington is about corruption, whores at poker parties and "Dukey" Cunningham, but…. It isn’t. This piece in the Chicago Tribune makes that clear. When reading it, remember that the principal source is a very unhappy CIA person who clearly is yet incapable of comprehending (much less accepting) structural change on the scale that Negroponte is attempting.