John Negroponte | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 10, 2017
John Dimitri Negroponte (/ˌnɛɡroʊˈpɒnti/; born July 21, 1939) is a British-born American diplomat of Greek descent. He is currently a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Prior to this appointment, he served as a research fellow and lecturer in international affairs at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, United States Deputy Secretary of State, and the first ever Director of National Intelligence.
Negroponte served in the United States Foreign Service from 1960 to 1997. From 1981 to 1996, he had tours of duty as United States ambassador in Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines. After leaving the Foreign Service, he subsequently served in the Bush Administration as U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004, and was ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005. In November 2010, some of Negroponte’s letters were released on the website WikiLeaks.
Negroponte was born in London United Kingdom, on July 21, 1939, to Greek parents Dimitri John (el) (1915–1996) and Catherine Coumantaros Negroponte (1916–2000). His father was a Greek shipping magnate. Negroponte attended the Allen-Stevenson School and graduated from Exeter Academy in 1956 and Yale University in 1960. He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity, alongside William H. T. Bush, the brother of President George H. W. Bush, and Porter Goss, who served as Director of Central Intelligence and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Negroponte from 2005 to 2006.
John Negroponte Fast Facts | CNN | JUL 1, 2016
Birth date: July 21, 1939
Speaks five languages.
1960-1997 – Member of the Career Foreign Service, serving at eight different posts in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Ambassador With Big Portfolio | WASHINGTON POST | JUN 21, 2004
John Negroponte Goes to Baghdad With A Record of Competence, and Controversy
For decades, he had answered calls just like this one.
A diplomat needed, harsh terrain, intrigue on the ground. And off he’d go, big suitcases all packed, debonair and nervy all at once.
This time when the White House called, the mission was one that could cap a long and provocative career: Baghdad.
Then there he was, John Negroponte, cameras flashing, posing with the president, the new ambassador nominee — since confirmed — to Iraq.
With the stumbles in that country striking many as maddening — and the praise that followed the Negroponte announcement — it sounded as if President Bush had found a man to settle things, to wade into the bloodshed and dust and anger and fix what had gone so horribly wrong.
He had the kind of pedigree that might have brightened the writerly muscle of Somerset Maugham: ambassador to the United Nations, to the Philippines, to Mexico. Adviser to the White House under national security adviser Colin Powell. And he had served in that crucible for a generation of young men: Vietnam. He was known to be comfortable in the shadows, at ease with secrets. He had served in Honduras. Plenty of secrets there.
Praise poured forth from both sides of the political divide.
“He is far more qualified than [Paul] Bremer,” says Richard Holbrooke, speaking of the Bush point man in Iraq. Holbrooke, a former ambassador to the U.N. himself, first met Negroponte in the early 1960s and later brought him to Washington during the Carter administration. “John is subtle, Bremer is black and white. John understands ambiguity.”
Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger thought so much of the young Negroponte that he chose him to be a member of his staff at the Paris peace talks to end the war in Vietnam. “He brings great steadiness and solidity,” Kissinger says of Negroponte’s new challenge. “He has patience and subtlety to bring it off.”
There are, however, other sentiments and memories about the career of John Dimitri Negroponte. And they are assuredly of a rawer nature. Old stories about a Honduran death squad. Tales about mischief with military generals and rogue CIA operatives.
The Case Against John Negroponte | APFN | MAY 10, 2017
John Dimitri Negroponte. Born in London on July 21, 1939, just before the outbreak of the second world war, he was the son of Dimitri, a Greek shipping magnate, and Catherine. He grew up in England, Switzerland and New York, where his father settled. He became a product of elite American institutions, educated at Phillips Exeter prep school in New Hampshire and at Yale, before being accepted at Harvard Law School. Negroponte is connected to Britain’s royal family and British intelligence through his wife, Diana Villiers. Diana’s father was Sir Charles Villiers, a merchant banker who would rise to become chairman of British Steel. Villiers had a powerful social conscience.
A Letter of Testimony – Sister Laetitia Bordes worked in El Salvador for almost a decade in the 1980 s and 90 s. She is the author of the book Our Hearts Were Broken. In this letter, Sister Bordes recalls a meeting with John Negroponte in 1982, when she was sent to Honduras on a fact-finding mission regarding the disappearance of women who had fled El Salvador after the assassination of Archbishop Romero. Thirteen years later, Ambassador Binns reported that the women, after savage torture, had been taken up in helicopters and thrown to the ground. In this letter, Sister Bordes explains a bit about the roles of The School of the Americas and Battalion 3-16, designed in part for the murder of Nicaraguan Sandinistas, who had overthrown the U.S. backed dictator Somoza in 1979.
“Fatal Secrets” – “When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty. Was the CIA involved? Did Washington know? Was the public deceived? Now we know: Yes, Yes and Yes.” (by Gary Cohn and Ginger Thompson, Staff of The Baltimore Sun, whose article was originally published on June 11, 1995.) This article is lengthy and full and hard on the heart, but the cause of honesty requires that it be made available. This is the kind of knowledge with which we must arm ourselves if we are determined to never again permit such atrocities to take place under the eyes of our own government. One must ask oneself whether these are the kinds of abuses that would be permitted by a man who would nominate a man like John Negroponte to be our country’s human rights spokesman.
What Message is Bush Trying to Send? This short article by Duncan Campbell for The Sun-Herald of Sydney, Australia, asks that question and mentions the very disturbing information that “Some members of the battalion  lived in the US, but were deported just as Mr. Bush’s selection of Mr Negroponte was announced.” What DOES this say about the current administration’s “honor and integrity”?
“From 1981 to 1985 Negroponte was US ambassador to Honduras. During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of military aid to Honduras from $4 million to $77.4 million a year. According to The New York Times, Negroponte was responsible for “carrying out the covert strategy of the Reagan administration to crush the Sandinistas government in Nicaragua.” Critics say that during his ambassadorship, human rights violations in Honduras became systematic.
Negroponte supervised the creation of the El Aguacate air base, where the US trained Nicaraguan Contras and which critics say was used as a secret detention and torture center during the 1980s. In August 2001, excavations at the base discovered 185 corpses, including two Americans, who are thought to have been killed and buried at the site.
Records also show that a special intelligence unit of the Honduran armed forces, Battalion 3-16, trained by the CIA and Argentine military, kidnapped, tortured and killed hundreds of people, including US missionaries. Critics charge that Negroponte knew about these human rights violations and yet continued to collaborate with the Honduran military while lying to Congress.
Eyeballing John Negroponte | ARCHIVE | FEB 17, 2005
Bush Nominates Negroponte as National Intelligence Boss
President Bush today nominated the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq to serve as the nation’s first director of national intelligence.
Bush also nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden – currently director of the National Security Agency – as Negroponte’s deputy. The Senate must approve both nominations.
An Old Hand in New Terrain of Top Intelligence Job | NEW YORK TIMES | FEB 18, 2005
Few officials in the Bush administration better understand the damage that can be wreaked by faulty or politicized intelligence than John D. Negroponte.
The man whom President Bush selected on Thursday as the nation’s first director of national intelligence first saw the impact of erroneous assessments of the enemy as a young Foreign Service officer in Vietnam. As American delegate to the United Nations in the run-up to the war in Iraq, he held the unenviable job of selling the invasion of Iraq on the basis of a classified National Intelligence Estimate that detailed Saddam Hussein’s pursuit and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, an estimate that turned out to be almost all wrong.
“Two examples,” said Richard C. Holbrooke, Mr. Negroponte’s roommate in Vietnam and predecessor at the United Nations, “where the only intelligence was bad.”
It now falls to Mr. Negroponte, who arrived as ambassador to Baghdad eight months ago determined to infuse a new dose of realism into the American presence there, to reshape 15 intelligence agencies over which his degree of control is unclear. If his four decades in public service are any guide, colleagues in Washington and Baghdad predicted, he will try to be a stabilizing force who works quietly but understands the flow of power.
Like his job in Iraq, a place he was fond of saying would have to find its way “warts and all,” his new task requires navigating bitter disputes over long-held territory and valuable resources. He has spent the better part of a year coaxing Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to settle their differences without seeming like the viceroy of Iraq; now, as a longtime friend put it on Thursday afternoon, “He has to do the same with Rumsfeld, the C.I.A. and everyone else who is certain their way is the only way.”
Perhaps it is no surprise that several others — including Robert M. Gates, a former C.I.A. director, and William P. Barr, a former attorney general — turned down the job. But Mr. Negroponte, 65, who has served every president since John F. Kennedy, has rarely said no, even when he was exiled to small embassies in the 1970’s after differences with Henry A. Kissinger.
Now, he will find himself not only at the center of Washington’s biggest turf fight, but charged with answering some of the toughest questions facing the White House, from the real state of Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs, to the capabilities of Al Qaeda, to the prospect of making Iraq into a stable democracy.