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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NSD

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007 (202) 514-2007


WWW.USDOJ.GOV TDD (202) 514-1888

National Security Division Announces


Key Personnel Change in Intelligence
Position
WASHINGTON— Further enhancing his distinguished professional career, James
Baker, Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the Department of Justice’s National
Security Division, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the Department to
teach at Harvard University, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth L. Wainstein of
the National Security Division announced today.

During the week of Jan. 29, Mr. Baker will begin teaching a course in national
security investigations and litigation at Harvard University Law School in
Cambridge, Mass. He will also serve as a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s
Institute of Politics, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr.
Baker had initially announced his pending departure several months ago.

During his 16-year tenure at the Department, Mr. Baker has worked on all aspects
of national security investigations and policy, particularly matters related to the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Since 2001, Mr. Baker has led the
Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR) and has been
responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing national security
intelligence and counterintelligence matters at the Department. Mr. Baker has also
provided the U.S. intelligence community with legal and policy advice for many
years and has conducted oversight of the intelligence community, including the FBI.

In December 2006, Mr. Baker received the George H.W. Bush Award for
Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIA’s highest award for counterterrorism
achievements. Past recipients of this prestigious award include former CIA Director
George Tenet and current CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden.

Earlier today, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales presented Mr. Baker with the
Edmund J. Randolph Award for Outstanding Service, the Justice Department’s
highest award. The award is named for the first Attorney General and recognizes
outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the Department’s mission.

“The Department of Justice owes a debt of gratitude to Jim Baker, who has played a
critical role in guiding our nation’s counterterrorism and intelligence activities in the
aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. His expertise and devotion will be sorely missed by
everyone at the Department and, in particular, by his friends at the National Security
Division,” said Assistant Attorney General Wainstein.

In Mr. Baker’s absence, Margaret A. “Peggy” Skelly-Nolen will serve as Acting


Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the Department’s National Security Division. Ms.
Skelly-Nolen has previously served as the Deputy Counsel for Intelligence
Operations and has been with the Justice Department for roughly a decade.

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