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Freeman in as NIC chairman

The Director of National Intelligence notified Congress today that he has selected former diplomat Chas Freeman to serve as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Politico reports. Here is the notification to Congress (.pdf).

A spokesman for the office of the DNI said they would have a statement shortly.

UPDATE: ODNI news release:

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair has selected Charles W. Freeman, Jr. to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC). As Chairman, Ambassador Freeman will be responsible for overseeing the production of National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) and other Intelligence Community (IC) analytic products.

“Ambassador Freeman is a distinguished public servant who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in defense, diplomacy and intelligence that are absolutely critical to understanding today’s threats and how to address them,” Director Blair said. “The country is fortunate that Ambassador Freeman has agreed to return to public service and contribute his remarkable skills toward further strengthening the Intelligence Community’s analytical process.”

As a former United States negotiator, Freeman has worked with more than 100 foreign governments in East and South Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and both Western and Eastern Europe. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Bangkok and Beijing, Director of Chinese Affairs at U.S. State Department, and Distinguished Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the Institute of National Security Studies. Freeman received his J.D. from the Harvard School of Law.

Ambassador Freeman will report to DNI Blair and the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis, Dr. Peter Lavoy.

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Names: Strategic communications directors, DHS intel chief

Sources tell The Cable that Jonathan Prince, a former deputy campaign manager for John Edwards, is expected to become the director of strategic communications for the team of State Department special envoys and representatives. Previously, Prince was a senior adviser and speechwriter in the Clinton White House, and handled communications strategy at NATO during the Kosovo war.

Moira Whelan, director of strategy and outreach at the National Security Network, is slated to start next week as the director of strategic communications at the Department of Homeland Security. Previously, Whelan served as communications director for the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and as communications director for the Democratic staff of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security.

Multiple sources said that Philip Mudd, a veteran CIA analyst and former CTC official who has been working since 2005 as the deputy head of the FBI's national security division, will become the top intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security.

UPDATE: Todd Rosenblum has informed colleagues that he recently assumed the position of DHS deputy under secretary of intelligence. A former State Department civil servant, Rosenblum had been working as national security/intelligence staffer for Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) for the last seven years.