Biden's CIA pick stresses China threat

Washington (AFP) – Veteran US diplomat William Burns, nominated to lead the CIA, pledged Wednesday to keep the agency free of politics and said China would be his biggest focus if confirmed. Burns was picked by President Joe Biden to replace retiring Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel and to help restore an air of independence after former president Donald Trump allegedly tried to manipulate the country’s spies for political reasons.  He told the Senate Intelligence Committee that his career in the Middle East and Russia made him appreciate the value of untainted intelligence. “I…

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