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Negroponte Reportedly To Resign As U.S. Intelligence Chief --> John Negroponte (file photo) (AFP) January 4, 2007 -- U.S. news reports say National Intelligence Director John Negroponte is expected to resign.

The reports quoted officials as saying Negroponte is expected to resign to become deputy secretary of state, the No. 2 position at the State Department after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

It is not clear when the move will become official.

Negroponte, a career U.S. diplomat, took over in 2005 as the United States' first intelligence chief, responsible for overseeing 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

(AP, Reuters)
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