Negroponte resigns to become Rice deputy.

“National Intelligence Director John Negroponte will resign to become deputy secretary of state, a government official said Wednesday night,” the AP reports. “Negroponte took over in 2005 as the nation’s first intelligence chief, responsible for overseeing all 16 U.S. spy agencies. He will return to his roots as a career diplomat to become the No. 2 to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the official said.” The timing of the shift is unknown, and Negroponte must be confirmed to the State Dept. position.