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CIA chief candidate chose spycraft over priesthood

Brennan could face queries on drones, detainees

WASHINGTON — John Brennan was headed for the priesthood when, while sitting idly on a bus as a student at Fordham University in the 1970s, he stumbled on a recruiting ad for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Now, after years of poring through intelligence, trekking with Mideast tribesmen, and overseeing some of America’s most controversial counterterror missions, he is pursuing a calling with as much responsibility and arguably a lot more stress­ — director of central intelligence.

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