Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

Law360 (March 7, 2019, 7:16 PM EST) -- "At some point in your career," Leon Panetta told me, "you are going to face a 'fundamental decision of conscience.' It will be a choice between 'doing what [you] think is right' and 'doing what might enhance [your] career.'”

For Panetta, reckoning day came long before his eight terms in the House of Representatives and service as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and President Barack Obama’s director of the CIA and secretary of defense.

Leon Panetta during his last news conference at the Pentagon as outgoing secretary of defense in 2013. (AP)

It was 1970. Panetta was a young lawyer...

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