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Haspel wins backing of Senate panel for CIA post

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The US Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Wednesday for the candidacy of Gina Haspel for the post of director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the committee chairman Richard Burr said in his Twitter.

He published a copy of the joint statement with his deputy Democrat Mark Warner, which says that ten members of the committee voted for Haspel, and five against.

“Gina Haspel is the most qualified person whom the president could choose as a CIA leader, and the most prepared candidate for the 70-year history of the agency,” Burr said in the statement.

Now, on the nomination of Haspel, the upper house in full composition should vote. If successful, Haspel will be the first woman to head the US intelligence agency.

Earlier it was reported that it had already virtually guaranteed the support and full composition of the senate, after at least four democrats had spoken in its favor.

Her nomination aroused much criticism, since the name of Haspel, who worked in the management for a total of 33 years and held various senior positions, was associated with torture.

Haspel succeeds Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed as Secretary of State. Before that, she held the post of his deputy in the CIA. Both of them were put forward by US President Donald Trump in March.

Last week, a hearing was held on the US Senate Intelligence Committee, which examined the candidacy of Haspel. During the hearing, she stated that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States is not currently engaged in interrogation of detainees, there are not even people who know how to do it.

In addition, she promised that, if approved, she would not renew the program.

Within the framework of the “interrogation in custody” program, which the CIA began to conduct after the September 11, 2001 attacks, torture was used, which was officially called “extended interrogation methods.” The most famous place where such a program was held is Guantanamo prison.