October 4, 2004

Senior CIA Appointee Withdraws Over Shoplifting

By Tabassum Zakaria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man named by the new CIA director for the third-highest position at the agency said on Monday he would not take the job following reports that he was caught shoplifting more than two decades ago.

"As a result of recent press articles and attendant speculation, I have decided that I cannot accept an appointment as CIA's executive director," Michael Kostiw said in a statement.

He will however work at the agency as a senior adviser to the new director, Porter Goss, the former Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Kostiw was one of four committee staffers Goss brought with him to the CIA, prompting some criticism that he was approaching his job in a partisan way.

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