Who is Gina Haspel? Trump's pick for CIA chief linked to torture site
CIA Who is Gina Haspel? Trump's pick for CIA chief linked to torture site
Haspel would be the first female director of the agency, but the historic significance is overshadowed by her alleged link to the site
Donald Trumpâs pick for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, reportedly oversaw a black site prison in Thailand where terrorism suspects were tortured. She briefly ran the prison in 2002, anonymous officials told the Associated Press.Deputy CIA director could face court deposition over post-9/11 role in torture Read more
If the US Senate confirms Haspel, she would be the first female director of the agency, but the historic significance of her nomination was immediately overshadowed by her reported link to the black site, where two suspected al-Qaida members were waterboarded.
âMs Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIAâs interrogation program during the confirmation process,â said John McCain, the Arizona senator who was tortured during the Vietnam war. He called the torture of US detainees during the Bush era âone of the darkest chapters in American historyâ.
âThe fact that sheâs been able to stay in the agency, rise in the agency and now is in line to be director should be deeply troubling,â Larry Siems, author of the Torture Report, a book analysing government documents relating to Bush-era torture rel eased in 2014, told the Guardian.DoJ moves to prevent CIA official from detailing role in Bush-era torture Read more
Haspel also drafted a cable ordering the destruction of CIA interrogation videos in 2005.
A US justice department investigation into the tapesâ destruction ended without charges, but the event helped spark a landmark investigation into US detentions and interrogations.
Christopher Anders, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Unionâs Washington legislative office, claimed Haspel âwas up to her eyeballs in tortureâ.
Anders urged the CIA to declassify her torture record before the Senate considers her nomination.
âGina Haspel was a central figure in one of the most illegal and shameful chapters in modern American history,â he said in a statement.
Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and has extensive overseas experience. She was deputy director of the CIAâs National Clandestine Services and ha s held several other leadership roles in the agency.
âI 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,â Haspel said in a statement. âIf confirmed, I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office.â
Haspelâs alleged links to the Thai black site were scrutinized in February last year when Trump appointed her CIA deputy director, where she worked under director Mike Pompeo.
If confirmed by the Senate, Haspel will take up Pompeoâs post. He has been selected to take over the secretary of state job, succeeding Rex Tillerson.
Pompeo said in a statement: âI am proud of the work we have done on behalf of America and know that the agency will continue to thrive under the leadership of Gina Haspel.âTopics
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