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June 7th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

Gates praises intelligence nominee

CNN Wire Staff

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised national intelligence director nominee James Clapper on Sunday, telling reporters that President Barack Obama "could not have found a better person" for the job.

Speaking to reporters on a trip through Asia, Gates said Clapper - currently a Pentagon intelligence official - has good ties with leaders of other U.S. spy agencies and with the congressional committees that oversee them.

"He is the consummate intelligence professional who has the respect of virtually everybody in the community," Gates said.

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