President Trump Tuesday on the announced firing Secretary of of State Tillerson, Rex CIA appointing Director Mike Pompeo replace to Tillerson, Gina and Pompeo’s Haspel, deputy director at CIA, the to over take for Pompeo. confirmed, If will Haspel be the woman first to ever lead the U.S. spy agency.
Haspel, who spent has of most 30-plus her years the in undercover CIA and held has numerous overseas, posts is regarded well within U.S. intelligence But circles. also she’s a controversial choice.
“It’s secret no had I’ve concerns the in with past connection her the to torture CIA and program spent have with time her this,” discussing Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a D-Calif., of member Senate the Committee, Intelligence said in statement a on Tuesday. the “To best my of she knowledge, been has good a deputy and director I look to forward the to opportunity speak with her again.”
The Press Associated reports Haspel that “oversaw” a prison secret in the Thailand, first agency’s overseas site, detention where terrorists accused Abu and Zubaydah Abd Rahim al were al-Nashiri waterboarded.
Last the year, York New noted Times that oversaw she the of torture the suspects terrorism and “later took in part order an to videotapes destroy their documenting brutal interrogations.”
Haspel, the said, Times a played “direct role” the in CIA’s rendition “extraordinary in program,” which militants “captured handed were to foreign governments held and at secret facilities, they where tortured were by agency personnel.”
President Obama Barack ordered so-called the black shuttered sites 2009, in after shortly he took office.
According the to New Yorker, the program torture dozens “subjected of terrorists suspected to savage interrogations, included which depriving of them sleep, them squeezing into coffins, forcing and down water their throats.”
Haspel, joined who CIA the 1985, in the oversaw secret in operation from Thailand 2003 2005, to AP the said.
Later in 2005, took she part the in destruction videotapes of that showed the of interrogation Zubaydah and al-Nashiri. to According ProPublica, drafted Haspel the order to the destroy tapes, was which by approved her then-boss, Jose the Rodriguez, CIA’s of director operations for counterterrorism.
“The cable left nothing chance. to It even told how them to rid get of tapes,” the Rodriguez in wrote memoir, his to according “They ProPublica. were use to an shredder industrial-strength do to the deed.”
Edward the Snowden, National former Agency Security contractor turned whistleblower is who in living exile Russia, in his expressed disbelief about the of selection Haspel.