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CIA Defends Haspel’s Role in Destruction of Tapes

  • Spy agency declassifies memo written about her role in 2005
  • Ex-deputy director Michael Morell found ‘no fault’ with Haspel
CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel

Source: CIA

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The Central Intelligence Agency declassified a 2011 memo by then-Deputy Director Michael Morell on his decision not to discipline Gina Haspel -- President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the organization -- for her role in destroying tapes of detainee interrogations that critics called torture.

The CIA’s move on Friday comes as Haspel, currently the No. 2 official at the spy agency, faces criticism from some lawmakers and human rights groups before her May 9 confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said he would do “everything to stop” the nomination, writing in Politico that Haspel had abetted torture.