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(WASHINGTON) — Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell has announced he is retiring to spend more time with his family.

“I am passionate about two things in this world— the Agency and my family. And while I have given everything I have to the Central Intelligence Agency and its vital mission for a third of a century, it is now time for me to give everything I have to my family,” Morell said in a written statement.

“Whenever someone involved in the rough and tumble of Washington decides to move on, there is speculation in various quarters about the ‘real reason.’  But when I say that it is time for my family, nothing could be more real than that,” he added.

Morell, however, will still have a strong voice in crafting administration policy. President Obama has announced he is appointing Morell as a member of his influential Intelligence Advisory Board.

Avril Haines, the current deputy assistant to the president and legal adviser to the National Security Council, will replace Morell as deputy CIA director, Director John Brennan announced.

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