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Gary Samore, WMD czar

Speaking after a Council on Foreign Relations event Friday, Gary Samore, a Clinton-era NSC non-proliferation official, confirmed to The Cable reports that he has been asked to serve as coordinator for the prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism or "czar" overseeing an office of as many as 10 people for President Obama's National Security Council, but said he has not yet accepted the offer. He said that unlike how the (as yet nonexistent) position was recommended in 2007 Congressional legislation, the position would not be a post that requires Senate confirmation. Chris Nelson first reported that Samore was up for the position, and The Cable previously reported that Samore was up for a top NSC nonproliferation job and on the Obama transition's debates over the possible WMD coordinator position.

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