Senior US officials recommend removal of NSA director

Washington—The heads of the Pentagon and the United States intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources said on Saturday.
The recommendation by Defence Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, first reported by The Washington Post, was delivered to the White House last month.
Obama chose Rogers to take over at the NSA in 2014 and gave him the task of repairing the damage after the huge leaks about its electronic spying programme by contractor Edward Snowden.
Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump met Saturday with Mitt Romney, one of his most vocal Republican Party critics now considered a long-shot choice for secretary of state, after naming three polarizing conservatives to fill key national security and judicial posts.—Agencies

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