Nothing overtly suggests Peace Corps director Aaron Williams, whose resignation the agency announced on Tuesday, is leaving for any reason other than his stated "personal and family considerations." And yet, it's hard to separate him from the scandal that rocked the Corps under his watch.
Williams was in the news a lot last year after an ABC News investigation found the corps discouraged victims of sexual assault from reporting the crimes against them. But that was last year. The agency has been out of the headlines of late, except for the odd story about a volunteer whose criminal charges were dropped or another whose mess the agency is trying to clean up. But none of these are the kind of thing that would move the head of the agency to leave his post, especially if he didn't resign during the sexual assault scandal. The doubt about Williams' reasons is palpable in Foreign Policy blogger Josh Rogin's story on his departure, which notes that "the reasons for Williams's resignation weren't immediately clear Tuesday." But so far, neither Williams nor the agency has given any more details as to why he quit.
Update (Aug. 22, 9:18 a.m. EDT): The line about the reasons for Williams's departure being "unclear" has been removed from Rogin's story, replaced with the Peace Corps statement that he's leaving for "personal and family considerations." There's still no information available about Williams's reasons beyond that, but there's no whiff of scandal, either.
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