President Trump said on Tuesday that he will nominate Gina Haspel to be his new CIA Director, replacing Mike Pompeo who will replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
Haspel, 61, has worked in the CIA since 1985. Her appointment as Deputy Director of the agency last year drew praise from former senior intelligence officials, and she will be the first female director of the CIA.
A statement from Haspel read:
Where there’s controversy: Haspel once ran one of the CIA’s “black site” prisons in Thailand where Al Qaeda terror suspects were subjected to torture techniques, including waterboarding.
- The New York Times reported last year that Haspel also “took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations.” The NYT headlined its story on her as taking a “leading role in torture.”
- The order prompted an investigation by the Justice Department, which ultimately ended without charges.