2 Senior Officials Ask Obama to Replace Head of NSA

He took over as head of the NSA and Cyber Command in April 2014. The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was made last month, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the recommendation. Right now, one man, Rogers, heads both. National Security Agency Director Adm. He was arrested in August after federal authorities uncovered what they have described as mountains of highly classified intelligence in his car, home and shed, which they said had been accumulated over many years. Harold Martin, a former contractor for Booz Allen who was working at the NSA, has been charged and is being held without bail after allegedly stealing a large amount of classified information. Cyber Command, speaks on cyber security at Georgetown University on April 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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2 Senior Officials Ask Obama to Replace Head of NSA

National Security Agency Director Adm. Another issue — but not the sole driving factor in removing Rogers, according to the source — is a continuing concern about security. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. The official said the initial plan was to announce the reorganization and that given the shift of personnel, Rogers would be thanked for his service and then move on. The Obama administration has wanted to keep the NSA dealing with signals intelligence, which would be a civilian-led agency, and a separate cybercommand which would remain under the military, the official told CNN. A major reason for their recommendation is the belief that Rogers was not working fast enough on a critical reorganization to address the cyberthreat. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The defense secretary and director of national intelligence have asked President Barack Obama to replace the head of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, a US official familiar with the matter confirms to CNN. Prosecutors allege he stole the names of “numerous” covert US agents. Cyber Command, speaks on cyber security at Georgetown University on April 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Martin’s motivation remains unclear, and federal authorities have not alleged that he gave or sold the information to anyone. The replacement of such a senior person would be unprecedented at a time when the US intelligence community has repeatedly warned about the threat of cyberattacks.