Magazine March 23, 2009, Issue

Negroponte Talks

Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte waits to address a dinner gathering at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., September 25, 2006. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
A capable man for a dangerous world

‘I don’t know if you know my reputation, but I was never a good source,” says John Negroponte — a good source for journalists, that is. I do know his reputation. A longtime diplomat, entrusted with many crucial posts, he has always been tightlipped with the Fourth Estate. But now he is in the private sector, and in a better position to talk. Obviously, he has plenty to offer.

Here he is on Iran and nukes (and remember that, only two years ago, he was director of national intelligence): “I think that’s what they want, I think that’s what they’re headed

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