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Gina Haspel poised to become first woman boss of CIA

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Gina Haspel, US Donald Trump's nominee to become the first woman to lead the CIA, is a veteran, who once reportedly ran a secret prison in where terrorism suspects were allegedly subjected to harsh like

In a surprise move, Trump announced today that he was removing and replacing him with CIA and elevating Haspel, who was his deputy.

The must vote on 61-year-old Haspel's confirmation to succeed Pompeo.

Haspel, who joined the CIA in 1985, earned high-level awards during her career and was sworn in as of the CIA on February 7, 2017, among the first officials in the

In that post, she assisted managing intelligence collection, analysis, covert action and counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services, according to the Central Intelligence Agency's website.

Trump said in a statement that Haspel's appointment would be "a historic milestone."

He said she and Pompeo "have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect."

Before leaving the for California, Trump heaped more praise on Haspel: "Gina, by the way, who I know very well, who I've worked very closely with, will be the first woman of the CIA," he said.

"She's an outstanding person," the US commented.

Haspel said in a statement that after 30 years at CIA, it was an honour to serve with Pompeo during the past year.

"I am grateful to Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next director of the Central Intelligence agency," she said.

"If confirmed, I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office," Haspel said.

She has extensive overseas experience and served as of Station in several of her assignments.

In Washington, she has held numerous senior leadership positions, including as of the National Clandestine Service, of the for and Covert Action, and of Staff for the Director of the

Haspel is the recipient of numerous awards including the George H. W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism; the Donovan Award; the Intelligence Medal of Merit; and the Presidential Rank Award, the most prestigious award in the

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:05 IST