Wednesday 17 October 2018

First female director appointed to the CIA

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel arrives to testify at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel arrives to testify at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
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The US Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as the CIA's first female director despite her role in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history.

It voted on Thursday by 54-45 after a tough nomination process.

CIA director nominee and acting CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn in to testify at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo
CIA director nominee and acting CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn in to testify at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

Ms Haspel was a controversial choice because of her role in a former CIA programme to brutally detain and interrogate terror suspects at covert sites abroad following the 9/11 attacks.

Her opponents said it was wrong to promote someone who supervised a black site in Thailand.

They said the US needs to close the book forever on the programme that marred America's image with allies abroad.

Ms Haspel's supporters cited her 33-year career at the agency.

Former top intelligence officials said she earned the chance to take the helm of the agency.

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