WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The deputy director of the U.S. National Security Agency, the intelligence agency in charge of electronic surveillance and code-breaking, is retiring, an NSA spokesman said on Friday.
Richard Ledgett will retire in the spring, spokesman Michael Halbig said in an emailed statement. "It has been anticipated that he would retire in 2017 and he decided the time is right this spring after nearly 40 years of service to the nation."
Ledgett played a central role in the agency's response to massive leaks of U.S. surveillance programs by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Ledgett is among the many top U.S. intelligence officials who have announced they are leaving since Donald Trump's victory in the Nov. 8 election.
(Reporting by Warren Strobel; Editing by Paul Simao)