Obama has created a new Czar position to investigate how WikiLeaks got hold of the private conversations of diplomats. Russell Travers, the deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will serve as senior advisor for “information access and security policy,” better known as the Leak Czar, or maybe the Official Leak Analyst Czar.
The White House says Travers will lead the effort to develop reform. WhoRunsGov says Travers is already a very busy man with a daunting job. His current title before the Czarship is Deputy Director for Information Sharing and Knowledge. He reports to Michael E. Leiter, whose department was the first to be blamed for the 2009 Christmas Day bombing attempt:
Travers is in charge of navigating the flood of terrorism-related data that has been arriving at U.S. agencies since the 9/11 attacks. He maintains the government’s database of terrorist entities, tracks worldwide terrorist incidents and coordinates terrorism information-sharing initiatives.
Travers has been described as the “maintainer” of the government’s database of terrorists, and a coordinator of terrorism information-sharing iniatives – been involved in intelligence for 30 years, including working for the CIA.