The President-elect of the United States Joe Biden has announced William Burns as his choice candidate for chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Burns is a retired veteran diplomat who had led the US in its secret talks with Iran.
Together with Biden’s candidate for national intelligence officer, Avril Haines, Burns will work to restore the credibility of the US spy community.
Most analysts agree that under outgoing President Donald Trump, the US spy community is highly politicized.
Burns is currently the chairman of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a leading think-tank on foreign policy in Washington, and will become the first CIA-led career diplomat.
After spending over three decades in the US foreign service, including a stint as ambassador to Russia from 2005-2008, he has profound expertise in defense and intelligence matters.
“Bill Burns is an outstanding diplomat with decades of worldwide experience that keeps our people and our nation safe and secure,” Biden said in a statement on Monday.