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CIA's number three steps down

The CIA's third-ranking official has resigned, just days after CIA director Porter Goss stepped down, and amid a corruption probe.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 02:35 IST

The CIA's third-ranking official has resigned, just days after CIA director Porter Goss stepped down, and amid a corruption probe.

"He has stepped aside yesterday," a spokeswoman said of Kyle Foggo, the CIA's executive director. She declined to elaborate. "It is really an internal matter," she added.

Goss, who resigned Friday, had promoted Foggo to the post of executive director of the agency when he became its director in 2004.

President George W Bush on Monday named Michael Hayden to lead the CIA, despite lawmakers' objections to a military general heading the civilian spy agency.

The FBI and the CIA's internal investigative arm are probing whether Foggo improperly awarded defense contracts to a friend, and looking into his possible links to California legislator Randy Cunningham, who is serving an eight year sentence for accepting bribes.

The FBI is also investigating whether Foggo's defense contractor friend, Brent Wilkes, brought prostitutes to private poker parties he hosted and which Foggo attended, US media reported.