The US Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel to be director of the CIA, ending a difficult confirmation fight centred on her ties to the spy agency's past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques.

Trump famously said during a primary debate that he would bring back waterboarding, but it doesn't appear to be something he actually cares about, so I suspect it was just something he came up with then and there to make himself stand apart from the other candidates.

    Ms Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting director. She was nominated by President Donald Trump, with the the 100-member chamber voting 54-45 in favour of confirming her selection.

Was Haspel the heir apparent after Pompeo, or has she been hand-picked by Trump or one of his advisors?

posted by francopoli: 278 days ago