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McCain voices concern over torture record of CIA nominee

WASHINGTON: John McCain, the US senator subjected to brutal treatment as a prisoner in North Vietnam, questioned Tuesday the nomination of a CIA official once involved in torture to lead the spy agency. McCain said Gina Haspel, currently the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, must pledge "without reservation" to oppose the use of torture if she is to be approved as director. "The torture of detainees in US custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history," McCain said in…

Gina Haspel: black ops veteran nominated to lead CIA

WASHINGTON: Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the CIA, is a black ops veteran who once ran a secret interrogation operation in Thailand accused of torturing detainees. If approved by the Senate, Haspel would be the first woman ever to run the Central Intelligence Agency. Despite a controversial past, her rise is not surprising -- she previously served as CIA deputy director and led worldwide undercover spying operations, a CIA mission that has gained renewed importance in recent years.…