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David S. Cohen

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David S. Cohen (born 1963) is an American attorney who is currently the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Originally from Boston, Cohen previously worked in the U.S. Treasury Department and as an attorney in private practice. Deputy Director CIA - The post of deputy director has traditionally been filled by military officers or intelligence community veterans; Cohen's selection also marked the highest-level appointment of a Jew in the agency's history.

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  • He was hired by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1999 as Senior Counsel to the General Counsel. While there he was credited by department officials with "crafting legislation that formed the basis" of Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act, dealing with money laundering.



  • In 2009 Cohen was appointed Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the Treasury Department, being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the office on May 1, 2009. Variously described by members of the Obama administration as a "financial Batman" and one of the president's "favorite combatant commanders" he was, two years later, elevated to Under Secretary of the Treasury, responsible for the Office of Foreign Assets Control.



  • Cohen appeared as speaker at the annual forum of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.


  • Cohen was the Obama administration’s top Iran sanctions official as the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. [...] Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, called Cohen “one of the heroes” of the effort to pressure Iran economically over its nuclear program and said his appointment shows the government is sensitive to cases of past bias.



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