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UPDATE 1-Senate panel vote on CIA nominee Brennan will be delayed

* Political sparring over Brennan becoming public * Feinstein says Brennan will be "capable CIA director" * Republicans threaten to put "hold" on nomination (Adds confirmation of delay, threats from senators to "hold" nomination) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will delay a vote on the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director at least until the last week in February, committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said on Wednesday.

COLUMN - Brennan perpetuates Obama's legacy of secrecy

(David Rohde is a Reuters columnist but his opinions are his own.) By David Rohde NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - John Brennan's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was a microcosm of the Obama administration's approach to counterterrorism: The right assurances, with little transparency.

Obama's choice to run CIA defends US drone war

President Barack Obama's choice to run the CIA defended drone strikes as a vital "last resort" against Al-Qaeda militants, despite criticism from senators about the veil of secrecy surrounding the raids. John Brennan, known as the architect of the drone war, faced repeated questions at his confirmation hearing over the "targeted killings," which have even involved Americans not charged with a crime. Democratic senators demanded the administration share more information about the strikes with Congress and the public.

Master of US drone war faces Senate questions

The hard-nosed architect of the US drone war against Al-Qaeda, John Brennan, will on Thursday face difficult questions about secret assassinations from senators weighing his nomination to lead the CIA. Brennan's confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee thrusts a rare public spotlight on President Barack Obama's covert drone use and associated missile strikes, which have become a hallmark of his presidency.

UPDATE 5-CIA nominee pressed on U.S. drone policy, waterboarding

* Brennan defends use of drone strikes targeting Americans * Denies giving away secrets or releasing classified material * Protesters yell "Stop the drones," hearing briefly halted * Committee expected to vote on nomination next Thursday (Updates with lawmakers, Brennan comments) By Patricia Zengerle and Tabassum Zakaria

Architect of US drone war faces public spotlight

The hard-nosed architect of the US drone war against Al-Qaeda, John Brennan, will face tough questions about secret assassinations Thursday from senators weighing his nomination to lead the CIA. The confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee promises to focus a rare public spotlight on President Barack Obama's covert campaign to hunt down Al-Qaeda suspects worldwide in drone bombing raids.

UPDATE 2-CIA nominee to face questions on interrogations, drones and leaks

(Updates with Obama giving access to legal opinion) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON Feb 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, is expected to face tough questioning about leaks of sensitive information and U.S. spy activities from waterboarding to the use of drones when he appears at a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.

UPDATE 1-CIA nominee Brennan was interviewed in leak probes

(Adds details throughout) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, has been interviewed in connection with U.S. prosecutors' probes into unauthorized leaks of government secrets to the news media, documents released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said.

CIA nominee Brennan was questioned in leak probes

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, has been interviewed in connection with U.S. prosecutors' probes into unauthorized leaks of government secrets to the news media, documents released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said.

PREVIEW-CIA nominee to face questions on interrogations, drones and leaks

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON Feb 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, is expected to face tough questioning about U.S. spy activities from waterboarding to the use of drones when he appears at a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.
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