AP sources: Clapper leading choice for intel job

FILE -- In this file photo taken Wednesday, April 21, 2010, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence James Clapper listens to remarks by Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair at a ceremony marking the ODNI's fifth birthday at its headquarters in McLean, Va., just outside of Washington. Blair is resigning under pressure from the White House and Clapper has been mentioned as a possible replacement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

May 21, 2010 1:06:55 PM PDT
The White House's leading candidate to replace Dennis Blair as national intelligence director is James R. Clapper, the Pentagon's top intelligence official, current and former U.S. officials said Friday.