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Clarke Leaving Pentagon Friday

Victoria (Torie) Clarke, a former spokeswoman for the National Cable &
Telecommunications Association, is stepping down Friday as assistant secretary
of defense for public affairs.

"Torie Clarke is a gifted communicator," defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld
said in a prepared statement. "During her remarkable two years of service in the
Department of Defense, she has developed countless new methods to tell the story
of our fighting forces and bring their courage, dedication and professionalism
into sharp focus for all Americans. She will be sorely missed."

The Pentagon statement said Clarke was leaving for personal reasons.

"I depart sadly, because this has been the best professional experience of my
life. It has been a true honor working for the men and women of the U.S.
military," Clarke said in a prepared statement.