Obama’s CIA pick chose spycraft over priesthood

Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, President Barack Obama's choice for CIA director, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, where the president Barack Obama made the announcement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — John Brennan was headed for the priesthood when, while sitting idly on a bus as a student at Fordham University in the 1970s, he stumbled on a recruiting ad for the CIA. Now, after years of poring through intelligence, trekking with Mideast tribesmen and overseeing some of America's most controversial and lethal counterterror missions, he's pursuing a calling with just as much responsibility and arguably a lot more stress as the nation's top spy.




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