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Somewhat lost in the Sturm und Drang over the nomination of Gina Haspel to be CIA director (DCIA) is the fact that she is the first CIA officer who spent her entire career in the operations side of the agency; further, the success or failure of her nomination will be determined by the Senate Select ...
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo on Wednesday declared an end to "soft policy" toward Russia but insisted that diplomatic efforts would continue. "Russia continues to act aggressively, enabled by years of soft policy toward that aggression. That's now over.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo failed to disclose links to a company owned by the Chinese government. Pompeo, who is set to attend a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday in hopes of filling the vacant Secretary of State role, left out his connection to a Chinese company during last year's confirmation to become head ...
An array of former intelligence and other government officials signed a letter to the Senate intelligence committee in support of Gina Haspel, the nominee for CIA director. Haspel, who is currently the deputy CIA director, was briefly in charge of a black site prison in Thailand during President George W. War Torture
As CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel's Senate confirmation hearing approaches, current and former national security officials are offering ... Michael Hayden, George Tenet, Porter Goss and John McLaughlin - signed the letter, as did three former directors of national intelligence and two former ...

Nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to fill that distinctive slot opens up another top job. Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel has ... President Truman created the Central Intelligence Group in 1946, succeeded by the Central Intelligence Agency the following year. The first four directors were all senior ...
The president also appointed CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo as CIA director. As an undercover CIA officer, Haspel played a direct role in the agency's extraordinary rendition program, under which suspected militants were sent to foreign nations and held at secret facilities, where they ...
Gina Haspel, a Kentucky native, loves Johnny Cash so much she keeps a 5-foot-tall poster of the country music star in her office at the Central Intelligence Agency. She became a spy more than three decades ago, a time when few women filled that job, and rose through the ranks holding some of the ...
The official, Brett Bruen, who served as the White House director of global engagement from 2013 to 2015, said he warned colleagues on President Barack Obama's National Security Council in 2014 that America would be targeted by Russian trolls. Watching a segment of Bruen's interview on CNN's "New ...
Haspel has yet to be formally nominated for the CIA director post and Mike Pompeo remains atop the agency for now. But Trump selected him to become the next secretary of state as part of a broader reshuffling of his Cabinet and senior staff. Pompeo is expected to go through confirmation proceedings first ...
has announced he will do “whatever it takes” to block Gina Haspel from becoming director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Paul is right. Haspel has been actively complicit in the torture of terrorism suspects. Her elevation to the head of the CIA would set a terrible precedent for the rule of law in the ...
The CIA rarely speaks publicly. But when it comes to recruiting, the agency can't seem to stop talking. These efforts are more visible than ever, with pitches on social media, regular appearances at college job fairs, and even the occasional plug by outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo. "CIA-dot-gov is where ...
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, whose experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam has established him as Congress' moral conscience on torture, asked CIA director nominee Gina Haspel to detail her role in the agency's enhanced interrogation program. Ms. Haspel's tenure at the CIA, where she ...
Washington (CNN) The Central Intelligence Agency has taken to Twitter as it makes the hard sell for Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's pick to be the next director, to be ... The agency pointed out that Haspel is the first woman to "rise from the ranks" of the agency to become deputy director of CIA.
(CNN) Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday toughened her stance against Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's pick to be CIA director, saying she was "very wary" of promoting someone to run the agency who was involved in the George W. Bush administration's controversial CIA detention and interrogation ...
WASHINGTON -- John O. Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Wednesday that he thought Russia may have some kind of compromising information on President Trump, setting off furious speculation about whether the former spy chief was basing that assertion on ... CIA Putin

"There are going to be some tough issues he's going to have to navigate, like Iran, like North Korea, numbers of things, and I'm planning to talk with him privately about those," Senator Bob Corker said ahead of a meeting with Pompeo, the current CIA director. Corker said the meeting was his "beginning ... CIA Putin
It's unclear why Trump changed his mind and ultimately named Gina Haspel as his choice for CIA director. Cohn does not have a background in the intelligence community, having come from Goldman Sachs before serving in the White House. He resigned earlier this month amid a disagreement with ... CIA Putin
Susan Pompeo, the wife of Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, has taken an unusually active and prominent role at the organization, and has ... "She has graciously volunteered her time, much like former directors' spouses, to drive initiatives that specifically make the lives of CIA officers and ... CIA Putin
I supervised Gina Haspel when I worked at the Central Intelligence Agency. I found her to be smart, tough and effective. ... Out of all of the chaos coming out of the White House these days, the one bit of promising news is the nomination of Haspel as the new CIA director. Confessing to a certain bias, I hope ... CIA Putin
Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan slammed U.S. President Donald Trump, telling him that he will not be able to "destroy America." Frustrated with Trump's actions, Brennan accused the U.S. president of corruption following the firing of Andrew McCabe, who is the deputy of ... CIA Putin
Washington (CNN) Former CIA Director John Brennan blasted President Donald Trump on Saturday after he tweeted about the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, calling the President ... America will triumph over you," Brennan, who was CIA head under President Barack Obama, tweeted. CIA Putin
Former CIA Director John Brennan in an extraordinary attack branded President Donald Trump a “disgraced demagogue” in the wake of the firing of ex-deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. Trump celebrated the sacking of McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a tweet late Friday, calling it a “great ... CIA Putin
KIRIAKOU: Gina Haspel and Jose Rodriguez, who at the time was the director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, destroyed the videotaped evidence ... SIMON: What do you make of the support of former CIA directors Michael Hayden, John Brennan and, for that matter, Senator Feinstein - who has been ... CIA Putin
Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and that he has selected Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo. Haspel, the current deputy CIA director, also helped carry out an order that the agency destroy its waterboarding videos. That order prompted a ... CIA Putin
Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo testifies on worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Feb. 13, 2018. President Trump removed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson March 13, 2018 and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. CIA Putin
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice to be the first female director of the CIA is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the president has supported. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he has ... CIA Putin
Michael Hayden, former CIA director: “What a wonderful choice for Deputy Director, one that will be celebrated by current and former Agency officers alike. Ms. Haspel has responded with dignity, professionalism and honor to everything the Agency and nation have asked her to do. I am sure that she will be ... CIA Putin
Gina Haspel named by Trump to be CIA director, replacing Pompeo, who will replace Tillerson at State. By The Associated Press. WASHINGTON — Mar 13, 2018, 8:52 AM ET. 0 Shares. Email. Star. 0 Shares. Email. Gina Haspel named by Trump to be CIA director, replacing Pompeo, who will replace Tillerson at State. CIA Putin
Rachel Martin talks to Michael Hayden, a former CIA director and ex-National Security Agency director, about Trump's pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, and about outgoing director Mike Pompeo. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email ... CIA Putin
But under President Trump, her fortunes changed, and on Tuesday, he announced that he intended to name her director of the C.I.A.. With his elevation of Ms. Haspel, now the agency's deputy director, Mr. Trump displayed a willingness to ignore the widespread denunciations of waterboarding, sleep ... CIA Putin
Gina Haspel — a CIA operative who oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects at a secret prison in Thailand and then helped destroy tapes of the ... and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” Haspel said in a statement after the ... CIA Putin
On this week's edition of 'Fox News Sunday,' CIA director Mike Pompeo spoke positively about the state of relations with North Korea. ... You know, John, I had a chance this weekend to reread the history, the CIA history of the negotiations that have taken the place over the last decades. I'll admit, I took a ... CIA Putin
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday an upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is not just for show. "President Trump isn't doing this for theater. He's going to solve a problem," said Pompeo told the "Fox News ... CIA Putin
Named after the department of Pakistan's intelligence agency (the ISI) that oversaw operations – rivalling those of the CIA – in Afghanistan, the book was ... This momentarily made Balawi one of the CIA's highest-value sources in the region, and caused such excitement that the agency's director, Leon ... CIA Putin
Trump's favorite lie is that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russians to influence the 2016 election. But his own CIA director can't back that up. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, substitute host John Roberts noted Trump's fondness for this lie. Roberts asked CIA ... CIA Putin
South Korean officials told Mr. Trump that the North agreed to suspend its nuclear weapons program and missile tests in anticipation of the talks, a concession Mr. Trump attributes to pressure from the international community through punishing sanctions imposed on the North. Critics, however, argue that a ... CIA Putin
President Trump's decision to accept an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took the world by surprise and kicked off a round of intrigue about how -- and whether -- such a meeting could actually happen. South Korean officials told Mr. Trump that the North agreed to suspend its nuclear ... CIA Putin
The CIA rarely speaks publicly. But when it comes to recruiting, the agency can't seem to stop talking. These efforts are more visible than ever, with pitches on social media, regular appearances at college job fairs, and even the occasional plug by outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo. "CIA-dot-gov is where ... CIA Putin
President Trump's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, will become, if confirmed, the first career professional of the agency to rise through the ranks to the top job since William Colby in the 1970s. Some other directors, such as Robert Gates and John Brennan, had prior ... CIA Putin
As most CIA directors have, they checked their policy predispositions at the great seal and adopted a “just the facts” demeanor — both in public and behind closed doors. Not Mike Pompeo. Even in public, Pompeo never tried to play the part of CIA director. He not only didn't discard his policy views, but he ... CIA Putin
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he will nominate Gina Haspel to become the new CIA director, replacing Mike Pompeo, who will ... “After thirty 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 ... CIA Putin
Brennan, a frequent critic of Trump, led the CIA when a declassified report from the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies was released that said Russia created an influence campaign aimed at interfering in the 2016 election. Trump in November called Brennan and other intelligence leaders “political ... CIA Putin
Former CIA Director Brennan calls Trump a paranoid "charlatan". John Brennan, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Barack Obama, called out President Trump on Twitter, hours after the president suggested that the Obama administration launched its Russia probe to help Hillary ... CIA Putin
Former CIA Director John Brennan John Owen BrennanEx-CIA director slams Trump: Your insecurity over Russia investigation is 'well deserved' Ex-CIA chief on new Mueller indictments: Claims of a 'hoax' are 'in tatters' Ex-CIA chief: Congress must act now to block access to semiautomatic weapons ... CIA Putin
He was featured in the HBO documentary "Manhunt," which looked at espionage through the eyes of the insiders who led the secret war against Osama bin Laden, and in Showtime's "The Spymasters," a detailed look at the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hayden is currently a principal at ... NSA
U.S. efforts at international sabotage continue to this day. In fact, former CIA directors are even joking about it. James Woolsey, a hardline neoconservative who led the CIA in the 1990s, insisted in an interview on Fox News that when the U.S. meddles in foreign countries' politics, it is "only for a very good ... NSA
A former director of both the CIA and National Security Agency says 2018 will be a year of consequences for the United States as it feels the effects of decisions made early in the administration of President Donald Trump. Retired Air Force general Michael Hayden, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to ... NSA
Michael Hayden, who led the CIA under former President George W. Bush, has had no reservations about speaking his mind on the topic of Russia. While Hayden wasn't willing to definitively say if he believes Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, he did tell Politico's "Off ... NSA


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