Stephen Kappes

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Person.png Stephen Kappes   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornStephen R. Kappes
August 22, 1951
Cincinnati, USA
Alma materOhio University, Ohio State University

Employment.png Director

In office
November 2005 - June 2006
EmployerArmorGroup International

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In office
April 2005 - November 2005
EmployerArmorGroup International

Employment.png Deputy Director of Operations

In office
2002? - November 12, 2004
Preceded byStephen Kappes"strong class="error">Error: Invalid time." contains an extrinsic dash or other characters that are invalid for a date interpretation.
Resigned after refusing an order from Porter Goss to fire his deputy, Michael Sulick
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In office
January 1981 - ?

Stephen R. Kappes was sworn in as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on 24 July 2006.

He is a career CIA officer, having served most recently as Deputy Director for Operations and Associate Deputy Director for Operations from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Kappes retired from Federal service and entered the private sector in 2005. He joined ArmorGroup International in April 2005 and was the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors from November 2005 to June 2006.
Mr. Kappes joined the Agency in January 1981 after having served as a Marine Corps officer since 1976. He was based in the Near East and South Asia Division until his promotion to the Senior Intelligence Service in July 1995. Mr. Kappes has more than 12 years of overseas experience with assignments in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He speaks Farsi and Russian.
From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Kappes was Associate Deputy Director of Operations for Counterintelligence and served concurrently during part of this period as Chief of CIA’s Counterintelligence Center. He guided the Agency’s operations and technical programs against foreign espionage threats.[1]

CIA Resignation 2004

Kappes was CIA Deputy Director of Operations when he resigned from the agency November 12, 2004, after Patrick Murray — "a former Hill staffer" who was then CIA director Porter J. Goss' chief of staff — "ordered him to fire his deputy, Michael Sulick," Tim Grieve wrote May 9, 2006, in the Salon "War Room". "As the Washington Post at the time," Grieve wrote, "Murray's order to Kappes came after Sulick had confronted Murray about a threat Murray had made to another agency official. [2]

"The threat?," Grieve asked. "That the agency official would be held responsible if anything from the personnel file of the 'newly appointed executive director' made it into the media. And the 'newly appointed executive director'? He wasn't identified in the Post's account back in 2004, but we all know his name now": Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo, who resigned from the CIA May 8, 2006, "amid a corruption probe."



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  1. Stephen R. Kappes, Central Intelligence Agency, 15 June 2008.
  2. reported Deputy Chief Resigns From CIA: Agency Is Said to Be in Turmoil Under New Director Goss, by Dana Priest and Walter Pincus, 13 November 2004.