GINA HASPEL BECOMES THE FIRST WOMAN IN AMERICAN HISTORY, TO LEAD THE CIA
Born 1 October 1956 in Ashland, Kentucky, United States, Gina Haspel went to school at the University of Louisville where she graduated with a B.A in Languages and Journalism; she also has a paralegal certificate from Northeastern University.
Haspel’s victory came as a shock to many but was praised for her victory as it was reported that she stood out due to her strong performance at the confirmation hearing despite facing several difficulties since her nomination. Haspel who succeeded in a 54 to 45 win was sometime last year asked to withdraw from the race after some white house officials worried that her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program could derail her chances.
During her confirmation hearing, Haspel gave her word to rule the CIA by her own ‘moral compass’ promising that she would never allow torture at the CIA again. Adding to this, she declared to represent and lead the CIA in a positive light.
I want each of you to know that I took on the position of director because I want to represent you, as well as lead you. I want the current CIA leadership team to be role models and mentors for our next generation of officers.
She is a recipient of the George H.W Bush award for excellence in counter-terrorism and has also been awarded by the central intelligence agency for her performance.