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Trump's CIA Pick Ran Prison Where Suspects Were Waterboarded

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's new pick to run the CIA, is a career officer who would be the first woman to head the agency and who ran a prison in Thailand where suspected terrorists were waterboarded. Haspel, who was named the CIA's deputy director in February 2017, briefly was in charge of a secret prison where accused terrorists Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, The Associated Press has reported. She also helped to destroy the CIA's waterboarding videos, an order that resulted in a long Justice Department investigation that ended without charges. Military Reviews Rules for Helmet Cams After Niger Attack She served as chief of station at several CIA outposts abroad, and held top senior leaderships in Washington, D.C., including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and deputy director of the National Clandestine Service of Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action. Trump has supported the harsh interrogation technique that simulates drowning. Under Spotlight, Special Pa. House Race Goes to Voters Haspel, who joined the agency in 1985, would need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. "After 30 years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its deputy director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year," she said in a statement. "I 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. If confirmed, I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office." US Defense Secretary Mattis Arrives in Afghan Capital The ACLU and other civil rights advocates objected when she was named deputy director last year. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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