Haspel ran a secret interrogation operation in Thailand accused using torture.
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Gina Haspel, a veteran CIA clandestine officer picked by President Donald Trump Tuesday to head the CIA, is a controversial figure, backed by many in the U.S. intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities. Haspel was selected as the agency's new director after the Republican president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and chose current CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson's replacement.If confirmed by the Senate, Haspel would become the first woman to head the CIA, after serving as deputy director since February 2017 . U.S. officials said that while Haspel was generally held in high regard at the CIA, her nomination raised the prospect of greater congressional and media scrutiny of officers who are more comfortable in the dark than in the spotlight.Haspel has served in a number of undercover overseas posts in addition to her work in Thailand, including as chief of the CIA station in London and the agency's base in New York.
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