Friday, February 18, 2005

John Negroponte

John Dimitri Negroponte is the current United States ambassador to Iraq and the nominee as the first U.S. Director of National Intelligence. A career diplomat who served in the United States Foreign Service from 1960 to 1997, Negroponte served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from September of 2001 until June 2004. As ambassador to Iraq, Negroponte oversees the largest American diplomatic facility in the world.

He is a controversial figure because of his involvement in covert funding of the Contras in Nicaragua (Iran-Contra Affair) and his alleged covering up of human rights abuses carried out by CIA-trained operatives in Honduras in the 1980s.

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