Senate confirms Gina Haspel as first female CIA director

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Gina Hapsel said that if she is confirmed by the Senate, the CIA will not undertake a harsh interrogation program like the one used after 9/11.

The Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of the CIA following a rocky nomination process that reopened debate about one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history.

Thursday's vote was 54-45. Republican John McCain was absent.

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Here's what we know about Gina Haspel, the first female CIA director.

Haspel's nomination was contentious because of her role in a former CIA program to brutally detain and interrogate terror suspects at covert sites abroad following Sept. 11.

Her opponents said it wasn't right to promote someone who supervised a black site in Thailand. They said the U.S. needs to close the book forever on the program that marred America's image with allies abroad.

Haspel's supporters cited her 33-year career at the agency. Former top intelligence officials said she earned the chance to take the helm of the intelligence agency.
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