The head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), who masterminded the killing of Osama bin Laden and the drone campaign, is being removed from his post at a time when the agency is focusing on a new generation of extremist threats.
The CTC chief, whose real name is Mike but who took on the pseudonym ‘Roger’ with the CIA, was revered as a Captain Ahab-like figure from Moby Dick, the Washington Post reported.
His efforts to help hunt down and kill bin Laden culminated on May 2, 2011, during an operation by SEAL Team Six. The event was the basis for the film ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ which was nominated for five Academy Awards. The character known as ‘The Wolf’ was based on Roger.
He was merciless to his colleagues but was also renowned as one of the best intelligence officers of his generation. He had an excellent knowledge of terrorist networks, and even converted to Islam — although his approach to counterterrorism was killing-centric and enraged many Muslims.
He was described by a CIA spokesman to the Washington Post as one of the “true heroes of the agency.”
“After nearly a decade of outstanding work in this post, including the takedown of countless terrorists and many other successes in protecting the country, he will be moving on in connection with the CIA modernization plan announced last month,” said CIA spokesman Dean Boyd.