Report: Top CIA Spy to Retire

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The director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service plans to step down, The Daily Beast has found.

Director Frank Archibald “is retiring amid reports of infighting over a reorganization of the intelligence service,” revealed The Daily Beast.

Dean Boyd, a CIA spokesman, confirmed that Archibald plans to retire.

The director took the job in 2013. He served tours in Pakistan and Africa and led the CIA’s Latin America division, The Daily Beast revealed.

“Archibald’s retirement comes at a transitional moment for the CIA,” explained the report. “The agency’s director, John Brennan, is considering major changes to the agency’s structure, including the possible creation of new intelligence centers and doing away with the traditional division of CIA into its analysis group and the clandestine service.”

The reorganization plans have not been formally announced.

“Some in the National Clandestine Service in particular view a reorganization as a threat to the high-degree of independence it has traditionally enjoyed within the intelligence bureaucracy,” noted the report.