Who Is Gina Haspel, President Trump’s Pick for CIA Director?

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he will nominate Gina Haspel to become the new CIA director, replacing Mike Pompeo, who will be nominated as the next Secretary of State.

If confirmed, Haspel would be the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018

In a statement, Gina Haspel said she was “humbled” by the opportunity.

“After thirty years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year,” Haspel said in a statement Tuesday. “I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Here is what you need to know about Gina Haspel.

Gina Haspel would be the first female CIA director

It’s rare to promote someone for this post from within the agency, and Haspel will be the first-ever female director of the CIA if confirmed.

Gina Haspel has a long career at the CIA

Most recently, Haspel had been deputy director under Pompeo, but she has worked at the CIA since 1985. She has held numerous leadership positions in the CIA and spent much of her career undercover, the New York Times reports, and was deeply involved in the agency’s controversial torture program.

In 2002, she ran the agency’s black site prison in Thailand, where she oversaw the waterboarding of detainees. The tapes of those encounters were destroyed …read more

Source:: Time – Politics


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