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CIA boss victim of ancient Albanian jinx?

Fri Jun 4,11:45 AM ET

TIRANA (Reuters) - While heavyweight pundits ponder the 'real reasons' behind CIA (news - web sites) director George Tenet's sudden resignation, a Tirana newspaper has offered a typically whimsical explanation: he fell victim to an ancient Abanian curse.

The Korrieri daily said on Friday the Central Intelligence Agency (news - web sites) chief's resignation on Thursday fell a day before he had been due to visit Albania.

"If he had not planned a visit to Albania, probably he would have not been struck by the curse of the Pojan jinx," editor Alfred Peza said in his column, citing a supposed evil spirit that jinxed the villagers of Pojan back in the mists of time.

Tenet was clearly felled by the jinx, wrote Peza, as were the late Soviet Army Marshal Georgy Zhukov, former West German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and others who were demoted or quit after becoming involved with Albania.

Tenet's resignation, the paper said, had prevented him visiting the Albanian birthplace of his mother who, by his own account, escaped from southern Albania on a British submarine just as the Iron Curtain was closing after World War Two.

But it might not have been his first trip to the former Stalinist bastion. Previous reports, also unconfirmed, say Tenet twice visited Albania, incognito, in the early 1990s.

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