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17 February 2005

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Bush Nominates Negroponte as National Intelligence Boss

By Jim Garamone

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2005 – President Bush today nominated the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq to serve as the nation's first director of national intelligence.

Bush also nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden – currently director of the National Security Agency – as Negroponte's deputy. The Senate must approve both nominations.

Photo captions by Associated Press.

John Negroponte, right, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks after President Bush announced Negroponte would be the nation's first new national intelligence director,in a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the the White House, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 in Washington. The director will oversee 15 separate intelligence agencies including the C.I.A. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)


U.S. Ambassador to Iraq John D. Negroponte, center, arrives under heavy security to Najaf, Iraq, Thursday, Oct 14, 2004 to meet with Iraqi officials and review reconstruction efforts. (AP Photo/Alaa Al-Raya)


The new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, right, is seen through a security window in the consular services section in the new American Embassy building, while taking a tour of the still unfinished building inside the green zone in Baghdad, Tuesday, June 29, 2004. Negroponte arrived in Iraq Monday and will take over political contact between the U.S. government and the fledgling Iraqi government. (AP Photo/Scott Nelson, Pool)


John Negroponte appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, for his confirmation hearing to be United Nations Ambassador. Negroponte faces questions on United States policy in Honduras where he served as U.S. ambassador during the 1980s.(AP Photo/Dennis Cook)


Ambassador With Big Portfolio

John Negroponte Goes to Baghdad With A Record of Competence, and Controversy

By Wil Haygood
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 21, 2004; Page C01

For decades, he had answered calls just like this one.

A diplomat needed, harsh terrain, intrigue on the ground. And off he'd go, big suitcases all packed, debonair and nervy all at once.

After a four-decade career in diplomacy that included tours in Vietnam and Honduras, John Negroponte is Washington's ambassador to Iraq. "It's going to be difficult," he says. "There are many challenges to face." (James A. Parcell -- The Washington Post)

This time when the White House called, the mission was one that could cap a long and provocative career: Baghdad.

Then there he was, John Negroponte, cameras flashing, posing with the president, the new ambassador nominee -- since confirmed -- to Iraq.

With the stumbles in that country striking many as maddening -- and the praise that followed the Negroponte announcement -- it sounded as if President Bush had found a man to settle things, to wade into the bloodshed and dust and anger and fix what had gone so horribly wrong.

He had the kind of pedigree that might have brightened the writerly muscle of Somerset Maugham: ambassador to the United Nations, to the Philippines, to Mexico. Adviser to the White House under national security adviser Colin Powell. And he had served in that crucible for a generation of young men: Vietnam. He was known to be comfortable in the shadows, at ease with secrets. He had served in Honduras. Plenty of secrets there.

Praise poured forth from both sides of the political divide.

"He is far more qualified than [Paul] Bremer," says Richard Holbrooke, speaking of the Bush point man in Iraq. Holbrooke, a former ambassador to the U.N. himself, first met Negroponte in the early 1960s and later brought him to Washington during the Carter administration. "John is subtle, Bremer is black and white. John understands ambiguity."

Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger thought so much of the young Negroponte that he chose him to be a member of his staff at the Paris peace talks to end the war in Vietnam. "He brings great steadiness and solidity," Kissinger says of Negroponte's new challenge. "He has patience and subtlety to bring it off."

There are, however, other sentiments and memories about the career of John Dimitri Negroponte. And they are assuredly of a rawer nature. Old stories about a Honduran death squad. Tales about mischief with military generals and rogue CIA operatives.

When Negroponte strode into a Senate room for his confirmation hearings two months ago, he was a jaunty figure, tall, swinging an umbrella with such insouciance that it seemed to have turned into a walking stick. He'd seen this scene before, of course, necks yanking toward his arrival, the long mahogany table before him, the microphone, the glass of water, the senators seen chest-high, all of it lit up by the TV lights.

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee -- his hair ice cream white with the lights pouring down on him -- referred to the posting to Iraq as "one of the most consequential ambassadorships in American history." Negroponte, in blue pinstripes, nodded. He read from his statement. "With our help, the people of Iraq can overcome the trauma of Saddam's brutality and the intimidation of violent extremists seeking to derail the progress they have made so far."

Back and forth it went, words of praise and encouragement. Then a bearded man popped up, jack-in-the-box-like, and began shouting at the seated senators: "Ask him about his involvement with a death squad in Honduras that he supported!" Heads swiveled, shoulders twisted. "What about death squad 316, Mr. Negroponte?" The man was Andres Thomas Conteris, a human rights activist who spent five years in Honduras. Security officers escorted him out. Negroponte didn't flinch during the outburst, didn't even turn around to eyeball his critic. Those who've known him for years -- family and friends, fellow ambassadors -- have long attested to his cool demeanor.

"There are two streams of analysis about John Negroponte," says Larry Birns, who, as director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a human rights group, has tried, unsuccessfully, to derail Negroponte's career over the years. "One is that he is a distinguished career diplomatic officer. The other is that he is a rogue, a jackanape, a bounder of the worst type." ...


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Young foreign service officers received plenty of dinner invitations in Vietnam. One evening, Sir Peter Wilkinson, the British ambassador, was hosting an affair for his visiting niece, Diana. "He gives a dinner for me on the last night of my visit in 1968," she recalls. "He had invited eligible bachelors, one of whom was John Negroponte, who explained the constitutional assembly throughout the whole meal! I was terrified -- and bored. Terrified that he might ask me something I didn't know the answer to, and bored because I was just an 18-year-old."

Still, she found herself impressed with the "power" she envisioned was represented by the young foreign service officer.

"The next day he's on the same Pan Am flight I am, going to Paris," recalls Diana. "When I got out 19 hours later in Paris, I was heads over heels in love with this guy. And he had not talked one minute about the constitutional assembly." ...

Diana's father was Sir Charles Villiers, a merchant banker who would rise to become chairman of British Steel. Villiers had a powerful social conscience. In his youth, he went to work for Tubby Clayton, a cleric who tended to the poor. The activism spilled over to his daughter. "He represented social justice for the unemployed man and their families," says Diana Negroponte. "That, along with my mother's work as a social worker in the East End of London, were elements I grew up with."

She and Negroponte met again in 1976, years after their original meeting. "I met his mother at a wedding in London," Diana says. "I asked her, 'How is your son doing?' She groans. John was 36 and unmarried. Mother got to work and mother pulled it off. Six months later we were married."

Wherever they went, he'd do the political thing, and she'd hustle off to the barrios, the slums, the tough places. "She was a one-woman Peace Corps," says Stanley Karnow. "I was down in Honduras once. She was out in the refugee camps and she came back to the capital all covered with chiggers. She's absolutely formidable."

Parents went missing during the contra war. Babies appeared on the sides of roads, in shacks, alone.

A Honduran nun told Diana Negroponte about a baby girl that had been found abandoned. The baby had been covered with ants, with worms. The nun asked Diana if she knew someone who might want to adopt the child. She did: her and her husband, Ambassador Negroponte. They adopted the child, and were hardly finished. Another child was found, and they adopted that one as well. Over the years, five Honduran children would be adopted by the Negropontes -- Marina, now 22, Alejandra, now 20, John, now 16, George, now 14, and Sophia, now 11.

The revelations about Battalion 316 had yet to surface and many Hondurans were wildly taken with the Negropontes. "She did more for diplomatic relations by adopting those children than anyone in the world," says her brother-in-law, Nick. "John and Diana turned the American residence into a nursery. The special forces troops there became sort of like nannies."

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