02-17-05 - WASHINGTON (AP)- President Bush on Thursday named John Negroponte as America's first national intelligence director, congressional sources said Thursday.
It's a sudden job change for Negroponte, a career diplomat. The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has been serving as U.S. ambassador in Baghdad since June.
Negroponte, 65, was at the United Nations when he was tapped to take on the delicate job of transforming the U.S. presence in Iraq from that of an occupier to that of an adviser. Bush chose him for the job last April and he went to Baghdad hours after the handover of sovereignty to Iraq's interim government.
Negroponte has also been ambassador to the Philippines, Mexico and Honduras.
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