| Leon Panetta |
Leon Edward Panetta|
Monterey, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Santa Clara University|
Xe (Blackwater) revelations
After learning that the CIA had hired the private security contractor Xe (Blackwater) as part of a planned programme to assassinate Al Qaeda leaders, Panetta held an emergency meeting in June 2009 to brief Congress about the programme for the first time.
- Leon. E Panetta], Central Intelligence Agency, 13 February 2009.
- Mark Mazzetti, C.I.A. Sought Xe (Blackwater)’s Help to Kill Jihadists, New York Times, 19 August 2009.