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Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden hospitalized after a stroke

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  • Michael Hayden, who previously served as CIA
    director and National Security Agency director, was
    hospitalized after suffering a stroke at his home earlier this
    week.
  • Hayden, 73, is “receiving expert medical care,” and his
    family has requested privacy, according to a statement from The
    Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and
    International Security at George Mason University.
  • Hayden achieved the rank of a four-star general in the
    US Air Force and went on to lead the NSA from 1999 to 2005 for
    Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; he led the CIA from
    2006 to 2009.

Michael Hayden, who previously served as CIA director and
National Security Agency director, was hospitalized after
suffering a stroke at his home earlier this week.

Hayden, 73, is “receiving expert medical care,” and his family
has requested privacy, according to a
statement
from the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence,
Policy, and International Security at George Mason University, on
Friday.

“The General and his family greatly appreciate the warm wishes
and prayers of his friends, colleagues, and supporters,” the
Hayden Center said.

Hayden achieved the rank of a four-star general in the US Air
Force and went on to lead the NSA from 1999 to 2005 for
Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; he led the CIA from
2006 to 2009.

National security experts offered their messages of support.

“Michael Hayden is one of this country’s noblest patriots,
dedicating his life to America’s national security,” former
CIA
director John Brennan
said on Twitter. “A man of tremendous
integrity, intellect, & decency, he has been a role model for
countless intelligence professionals over several decades. Speedy
recovery, Mike.”

“On behalf of the men & women of CIA, I want to wish Gen.
Hayden a speedy recovery,” CIA director Gina Haspel said in a
statement. “Mike’s long career of public service & commitment
to national security continue to be an inspiration to all
intelligence officers. Our thoughts are with Mike, Jeanine, &
their family.”

Hayden, who regularly appears on CNN as a national security
analyst, has become an outspoken critic of President Donald
Trump’s administration. In August, Trump was reportedly weighing
the possibility of revoking Hayden’s security clearance in
addition to other former White House and Justice Department
senior officials who publicly criticized his policies.

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