Lieutenant General Mike Flynn and his deputy, David Shedd,
announced the decision in a memorandum to the agency's workforce, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.
He gave no explanation for their departure. The Washington Post
said Flynn was leaving more than a year before he was scheduled
to depart amid clashes over his leadership style.
Kirby said plans for replacements for Flynn and Shedd would be
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a
statement that Flynn earned a reputation throughout his career
"as a dedicated visionary who pushed the intelligence enterprise
to anticipate and prepare for the threat environment of the
(Reporting by David Alexander and Mark Hosenball;
David Storey, James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney)
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