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Obama's former CIA and Defence Chief Leon Panetta weighs in on fighting ISIS and the story behind hunting down Bin Laden

In a Canadian exclusive, former director of the CIA Leon Panetta speaks about hunting Bin Laden, drone attacks, and what he believes will be decades of war with Islamic extremism.
Leon Panetta had a front row seat on history during some of the most intense moments of our times. He was both the U.S. Secretary of Defence and Director of the CIA. Panetta knows first hand the power and vulnerabilities of American might. He joins us for an exclusive Canadian interview.
Unlike their military counterparts, most CIA officers serve in the shadows. Their names unknown to many Americans. Some analyze intelligence. Others recruit Afghans to the American side. Now seven are dead, six wounded and a US intelligence official is promising revenge. Quote: 'this attack will be avenged through successful, aggressive counter-terrorism operations'.CNN Reporter Tony Harris on one of the darkest days in the history of the CIA: the bombing in Khost, Afghanistan in January, 2010.

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The man who led the Agency on that day was Leon Panetta. Mr. Panetta has also been at the helm during some of the decade's greatest triumphs. He's held two of the most important jobs in U.S. security.

From 2009 until 2011, he was the Director of the CIA. And from 2011 until just last year he was the U.S. Secretary of Defence. He is also the author of the new book Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace.

Leon Panetta was in Washington DC.


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This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.


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