She was accused of running a secret US prison, where terror suspects were tortured.
The deputy head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States, Gina Haspel, was officially appointed acting director of the department. Thus, at the head of the CIA for the first time since its foundation, in 1947, was a woman.
For Haspel “it became an honor” to head the CIA in “such a critical time.” She called the period in the agency transient and asked the subordinates to focus on the “vital mission” and do everything to supply intelligence to the country’s leadership in order to “keep America strong and protected.”
Previously, the post of head of the CIA was held by Mike Pompeo, who became the 70th Secretary of State of the United States. He has already assumed his duties.
Prior to the coming to power of Donald Trump, Haspel was denied employment because of his connection with the secret prison of the United States, where he was tortured by terror suspects. The CIA believes that Haspel “acted properly” when destroying videotapes of torture during interrogations.