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Gina Haspel sworn in as CIA's first female director

Society 22.05.2018 | 09:58
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WASHINGTON, 22 May (BelTA - Xinhua) - Gina Haspel was sworn in Monday as the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in its 71-year history.

Speaking at a ceremony at the agency's headquarters in Langley, state of Virginia, Haspel said that she's honored to lead the agency, calling her service of over 30 years at it "more than a career."

Haspel said that she intends to send more officers into the field, improve foreign language proficiency among the ranks and strengthen the agency's working relationships with counterparts in partner nations.

Haspel had been an undercover officer for most of her 33-year career with the CIA.

The 61-year-old Kentucky native became acting CIA director following Pompeo's resignation to become U.S. secretary of state and was nominated by Trump to become the permanent director in March.

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