Obama to appoint first woman CIA deputy director following Morell's resignation

Washington, June 13 (ANI): President Barack Obama will name Avril Haines, a legal adviser to the national Security Council, as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency after the current director, Michael Morell, is set to retire in August.

Morell, who took the blame for editing the Obama administration's Benghazi talking points, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

According to Politico, Morell leaves a month after the White House released emails showing he was the one who removed al-Qaeda references from the much-debated talking points.

CIA Director John Brennan announced that Morell will be replaced by Haines, who will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve at the agency.

Morell, 54, ran the day-to-day operations of the CIA under the agency's high-profile former director, former Army General David Petraeus, the report added. (ANI)