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CIA Director Leon E. Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, June 9, 2011, before the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on his nomination as secretary of defense. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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CIA Director Leon E. Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, June 9, 2011, before the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on his nomination as secretary of defense. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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