John M. Deutch

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John M. Deutch was a figure of a great deal of controversy as head of the CIA.

John Mark Deutch (born July 27, 1938) was the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from May 10, 1995 until December 14, 1996. Controversy erupted days after his departure when it was revealed that classified materials were being kept in his home and on his computer.

Deutch was born in Brussels, Belgium. From 1977 to 1980, he served in several positions for the U.S. Department of Energy: as Director of Energy Research, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology, and Undersecretary of the Department. He continued to serve on various government committees throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

In 1995, he was appointed to Director of Central Intelligence by President Bill Clinton. But his achievements as DCI were overshadowed by the controversy after his departure.

Classified information was found on Deutch's unclassified computer on December 17, 1996. In January of 1997, the CIA began a formal security investigation of the matter. It was determined that his computer was often connected to the Internet with no additional security, and that Deutch was known to leave memory cards with classified data lying in his car.

Some charged that Deutch used his position and influence to stifle the investigation. Others noted the discrepancy between Deutch's treatment and the harsh measures employed against Wen Ho Lee, a scientist who similarly handled classified information improperly.

John Deutch is now an Institute Professor of chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Preceded by:
R. James Woolsey
Director of the C.I.A. Succeeded by:
George J. Tenet
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