President Donald Trump has appointed Gina Haspel as the new head of the CIA.
Haspel is set to become the first woman to ever lead the spy agency, where she is currently serving second-in-command under Director Mike Pompeo.
But Haspel, who has spent decades in US intelligence, has a controversial past.
Gina Haspel, a longtime intelligence officer who ran a secret US prison in Thailand, is poised to become the first woman to lead the CIA.
The move came on Tuesday when President Donald Trump announced he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA director Mike Pompeo, paving the way for Haspel, who was second-in-command at the agency, to take over.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” Trump said in a tweet. “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!”
Trump named Haspel deputy director of the CIA in February 2017.
Haspel has spent more than three decades in US intelligence, most of it spent undercover at overseas posts.
But the 61-year-old is perhaps best known for her controversial role …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics