USA: CIA chief nominee Haspel vows not to restart interrogation prog.

Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Gina Haspel faced questioning about her past work for the CIA and her moral stance on interrogation during her confirmation hearing in Washington DC on Wednesday. To explain her views on the CIA's detention and interrogation programme, Haspel stated: «I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my... Еще leadership, the CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation programme.» Haspel was also questioned about her role in the destruction of video tapes which depicted brutal interrogations, to which she replied: «Mr. Rodriguez who was the DDO at the time, the Deputy Director of Operations, has been very upfront and has made it clear on a number of occasions publicly that he and he alone made the decision to destroy the tapes. I would also make it clear that I did not appear on the tapes as has been mischaracterised in the press.» Haspel was pressed by US Senator Mark Warner on whether she would permit the CIA to conduct activity that was legal, but which she found personally immoral, to which she responded: «My moral compass is strong, I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if I thought it was technically legal, I would absolutely not permit it.» Gina Haspel became the Acting Director of the CIA after Mike Pompeo left the position to become the United States Secretary of State. Haspel received US President Donald Trump's nomination but must first be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, she would become the first female director of the CIA. A protester was removed by security during the hearing while a demo over Haspel's alleged supervision of torture was underway on outside the building.

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