From NBC's Mark Murray
The Washington Post and other news outlets have reported on the controversial appointment of Charles W. Freeman to lead the National Intelligence Council. The controversy -- he has occasionally criticized Israel's policies.
Per the Post: "Since 1997, he has presided over the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that is funded in part by Saudi money. In that role, Freeman has occasionally criticized the Israeli government's positions and U.S. support for those policies. In 2007, for example, he said, 'The brutal oppression of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupation shows no sign of ending,' adding, 'American identification with Israel has become total.'"
More: "Opposition to Freeman's appointment has been led by several pro-Israel groups and advocates in the United States, joined by some members of Congress."
Well, Freeman withdrew from consideration today. According to a statement from the DNI's office, "Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman's decision with regret."