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US Senate approves Gina Haspel for CIA chief despite torture background


    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States | Wed, May 16, 2018 | 08:50 pm
US Senate approves Gina Haspel for CIA chief despite torture background In this file photo taken on May 9, 2018 CIA nominee Gina Haspel listens during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Agence France -Presse/Brendan Smialowski)

Veteran covert operative Gina Haspel was approved Wednesday to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency in a crucial Senate panel vote, despite her record of involvement in torture in the early 2000s.

The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to forward her nomination to lead the US spy agency to the entire Senate, virtually assuring final approval of her nomination. 

"Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70 year history of the agency," said committee chairman Richard Burr. 

"She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the agency into an uncertain and challenging future."

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