The candidate to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gina Haspel, has resigned to fill the position due to his involvement in interrogations in which the detainees were tortured, according to ‘The Washington Post’, citing senior officials of the Administration.
Haspel was summoned Friday to the White House to address his interrogation history and the use of techniques such as simulated drowning or ‘waterboarding’ considered torture, says the ‘Post’.
Finally she was the one who decided to resign to avoid the process of ratification in the Senate Intelligence Committee that could be harmful to the CIA, explained the sources cited by the newspaper.
Haspel then returned to Langley, Virginia, and senior White House officials such as Legislative Relations Officer Marc Short and spokeswoman Sarah Sanders traveled there to try to convince her. After several hours of meetings they returned without success.
On Saturday afternoon the White House assured that Haspel had not retired, but finally everything indicates that she will not be the successor of Mike Pompeo, who now act as Secretary of State.
Haspel participated in the program of secret prisons to which the suspects were transferred in what are known as “CIA flights”. The detainees were subjected to interrogations in these prisons considered as torture under the authorization of President George W. Bush, who modified the regulations after the attacks of September 11, 2001.