Politics

After sharp words on CIA, Obama faces a delicate task

For two years on the presidential campaign trail, Barack Obama rallied crowds with strongly worded critiques of the Bush administration’s most controversial counterterrorism programs, from hiding terrorism suspects in secret Central Intelligence Agency jails to questioning them with methods he denounced as torture. Now Obama must take charge of the C.I.A., in what is already proving to be one of the more treacherous patches of his transition to the White House.

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