Former CIA Director Stansfield Turner dies at 94 in Seattle

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Former CIA Director Adm. Stansfield Turner speaks during a Senate Governmental Affairs hearing on the 9/11 Commission report August 16, 2004 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Former FBI Director William Webster, former CIA directors Stansfield Turner and James Woolsey spoke to the committee on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Stansfield A. Turner, who as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter oversaw reforms at the agency in the wake of the scandal uncovered by the Church Committee, has died at his home in Seattle. He was 94.

Turner’s secretary, Pat Moynihan, confirmed to the Washington Post that Turner died on Thursday but Moynihan did not disclose the cause.

A Rhodes scholar and 33-year Navy veteran, Turner commanded NATO’s forces in southern Europe from 1975 to 1977 before being chosen to direct the Central Intelligence Agency.

Turner headed the agency from March 1977, shortly after Carter took office, through the end of Carter’s term in January 1981.

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