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Torturer Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director

NOTORIOUS torturer Gina Haspel was confirmed as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Thursday, following a battle in Congress over her links to brutal torture and interrogation techniques.

A vote of 54-45 in the 100-member Senate allowed her to slip into the role with the majority. 

Six Democrats joined President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in voting for Ms Haspel, while two Republicans voted no.

She has previously served as an undercover CIA agent and as the CIA station chief in Thailand and is known to authorise and execute various torture techniques — what the CIA calls “enhanced interrogation.”

She drafted a message in 2005 ordering the destruction of videotapes of such interrogations.

President Trump nominated Ms Haspel, then deputy director, in March to succeed Mike Pompeo as CIA director.

She became acting director after Mr Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state.

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