Joe Biden would consider Darrell Blocker for the role of CIA director, making the former station master and 32-year-old intelligence veteran the first black person to take the top job.
A source said Fox news Talks between the president-elect and Blocker’s team began just days after the presidential election.
Biden revealed several of his cabinet and national security points this week, including former Barack Obama Deputy Under Secretary Antony Blinken as his Secretary of State, Obama’s second term secretary of office, John Kerry as his US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and Obama’s Deputy national security. adviser Avril Haines as its Director of National Intelligence.
He has yet to announce an appointment to the role of CIA Director, and both ex-National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and ex-acting CIA Director Michael Morell are said to be contenders as well.
Joe Biden would consider Darrell Blocker (pictured in 2019) for the role of CIA director, making the former station master and 32-year-old intelligence veteran the first black person to take the top job.
The source said Blocker’s name was also in the ring and talks were still going on between him and Biden.
Blocker’s three-decade career in intelligence could make him a strong contender for the top job.
He began as an Air Force analyst for four years before joining the CIA where he rose and took on several undercover roles as an operations officer over a career spanning nearly three decades.
Several of his positions have been within the executive ranks of the Senior Intelligence Service, including as Chief of the Operational Training Facility, Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Center, and Chief of the Africa Division.
He also served as Chief of Station multiple times with his roles taking him across Europe, Asia and Africa, living in countries like Uganda, Pakistan, Senegal and Italy.
He retired from the intelligence community in 2018 as the top black officer in the CIA’s directorate of operations and was recognized with the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal – one of the highest honors awarded to a career officer.
A source told Fox News that discussions between Biden (above) and Blocker started just days after the presidential election
Blocker is now an ABC News contributor, Chief Operating Officer of strategic crisis management consultancy MOSAIC and National Security Program Manager for CT-Watch, a provider of counter-terrorism, security and intelligence solutions.
He is also on the board of the nonprofits Peace4Kids.org – an organization that works to improve the future of young people in foster care – and HumanSlavery.com – which works to end human trafficking.
Aside from National Intelligence, Blocker’s other great passion is music.
He is known to have combined his two loves during his time with the CIA and formed a band in Uganda that he says helped hide him in plain sight as a spy.
“My clandestine activities were amplified by being seen as a singer, because who would ever think that either could be?” Blocker told me ABC news last year.
“That’s a leap too far for most and I really feel like it has kept me safer by being in plain sight.”
A young Blocker began singing in his local church choir while growing up in Georgia, before joining the University of Georgia glee club.
Blocker’s three-decade career in intelligence could make him a strong contender for the top job. He began as an Air Force analyst for four years before joining the CIA, where he took on various undercover positions over a career spanning three decades.
Blocker (second right with Richard Frankel, Tony Schiena and Dan Lavi last year) served as Chief of Station several times. He retired in 2018 as the top black officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations
He continued to perform on several foreign broadcasts and in 1996 joined a band in Dakar, Senegal, playing weekly at a diplomatic club.
When he moved to Uganda in 2003 as an intelligence officer under the guise of a US embassy employee, Blocker joined the Kampala Jazz All-Stars band with an American diplomat.
He told ABC his side project helped him in his spy role through ‘expos'[ing] I to many more people than I would have met at the diplomatic receptions alone. ‘
If Blocker comes out of his intelligence career to join the Biden administration, he could find a band member in the form of the new Secretary of State Blinken.
Blinken is also a singer and guitarist and has a Spotify page with original hits.
Ex-national security adviser Tom Donilon (left) and ex-acting CIA director Michael Morell (right) would also be contenders
Biden revealed several of his cabinet and national security points this week, but has not yet announced an nomination for the CIA director role. Photo the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia
In addition to Blocker, however, there are also rumors that Donilon and Morell are in the running for the role of CIA director.
Two sources reported Politics this week, ex-Obama national security adviser Tom Donilon was the favorite.
Morell is another contender, but he is a controversial choice among the Democrats’ chief senators after being accused of defending the CIA’s previous use of torture.
The name of ex-Obama Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, who notoriously failed to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, has also emerged for the role, Politico reported.
The Biden administration has not disclosed when it will confirm a choice.
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