Gina Haspel has been sworn in as the first woman to lead the US Central Intelligence Agency, with a pledge to send more officers into the field and strengthen the agency’s working relationships with US allies.
Haspel, a career CIA operative, said Monday that she was honored to be chosen to lead the intelligence agency.
“I stand on the shoulders of heroines who never saw public acclaim, but served as inspirations to the generations that came after them. Mr. President, thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve, to represent the men and women of CIA and to carry out the critical work of helping protect our country, our people and our way of life,” Haspel said after being sworn in.
Her nomination was fraught with controversy because of her past role in the CIA’s torture program and interrogation of terror suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks. She was confirmed by the US Senate on Thursday, with a vote of 54 to…