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Gina Haspel, covert operations expert, first woman to lead the CIA

Trump ascends to number two of the agency after naming Pompeo secretary of state

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Gina Haspel, covert operations expert, first woman to lead the CIA

A little over a month ago that Donald Trump, president of United States, named Gina Haspel, number two, of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Now this career spy, who on February 3 became highest woman in history of this intelligence service, has re-marked a milestone by becoming first director of agency in all its history. And will do so in lieu of his former boss Mike Pompeo, who has been elevated to Secretary of state, after departure of Rex Tillerson announced by Trump.

Haspel, an expert in covert operations, was first female spy to reach agency's number two post. And in just 40 days he has made history again by becoming first woman to reach full command of CIA.

Mike Pompeo, Director of CLA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become new Director of CIA, and first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018

A veteran of espionage operations, Haspel joined CIA in 1985 and served in positions around world, such as American Embassy in London. In 2013 she was appointed interim chief of CIA's national Clandestine service, but was replaced in a few weeks due to her intervention in interrogations in which water torture was used.

Gina Haspel, during William J. Donovan Awards Dinner, in 2017.

Haspel led a secret prison in Thailand, where two detainees were subjected to torture. This is where alleged members of Al Qaeda Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were interrogated extrajudicially. The first was subjected in 83 times to simulated drowning, as collected in a Senate investigation. The so far second of Pompeo, allegedly, ordered in 2005 destruction of tapes in which all tortures to which detainees were subjected were recorded and kept in central Thailand.

When her number 2 was named, Mike Pompeo praised Haspel. "Gina is an exemplary intelligence officer, a patriot who has more than 30 years of experience in agency. She is a proven leader with a mysterious ability to do things and inspire those around her, she said.

The CIA's new maxim is a career intelligence officer who joined agency in 1985. "He has extensive experience in overseas services and has been a station manager at several of his destinations," says brief official biography that CIA distributed when it was named number two.

In Washington has held numerous management positions, including Deputy Director of clandestine National Service, deputy director of National Clandestine Foreign intelligence service and secret action, chief of Staff of Director of service Clandestine national, and in Counter-terrorism center. In addition, according to short biographical note, Haspel has received "numerous awards"; Like George H. W. Bush to counterterrorism excellence; The Donovan Award; The Medal of Merit Intelligence; And Presidential Ranking award, " most prestigious award in federal civil service."


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