US intelligence chief announces resignation

Washington, Nov 17 (IANS) US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced on Thursday that he will be stepping down in January.

Xinhua news agency quoted Clapper as telling a hearing in the House of Representatives that he had handed his resignation letter on Wednesday evening, and “felt pretty good”.

The 75-year-old veteran said he had been planning for some time to retire after the Obama administration ends.

Clapper has served as the US spy chief since 2010 and oversaw the US intelligence community, which includes 16 institutions such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.