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New Service to Coordinate US Overseas Espionage

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has announced the creation of a new service to oversee human intelligence, meaning information gathered through people rather than electronic sources, among all federal agencies working in that field.

Officials said Thursday that the director of the new National Clandestine Service will be an agent known only as "Jose" because he remains undercover. He is currently head of the CIA's clandestine unit.

The new service will continue to operate under the umbrella of the CIA, though it will coordinate intelligence from other agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Defense.

This move ends speculation about whether the CIA would remain in charge of espionage, after a Senate committee recently suggested that the job might be done better by National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, who advises the president on intelligence issues.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.