Main content

Gina Haspel

Mark Coles profiles Donald Trump's controversial choice for CIA director, Gina Haspel, whose nomination has forced her out of the shadows to face difficult questions.

Donald Trump's choice for CIA director, Gina Haspel. Mark Coles profiles the controversial figure whose nomination has forced her out of the shadows to face difficult questions.

Gina Haspel describes herself as a typical middle-class American but the testimony of former colleagues reveals a skilled intelligence operative with an empirical mind, a taste for adventure and a talent for infiltrating terrorist cells.

At her confirmation hearing this week she was commended as an intelligence professional with unwavering honesty but was also grilled about the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques, the waterboarding of terrorist suspects at a CIA base she ran and the subsequent destruction of evidence. The interrogation issue could block her confirmation by the Senate.

Mark Coles talks to former colleagues and security experts about the agent who's spent 30 years trying not to be noticed but who now needs to convince US Senators that she's right for the top job.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Estelle Doyle and Diane Richardson
Editor: Helen Grady.

Available now

13 minutes

Last on

Sun 13 May 2018 17:40

Broadcasts

The Best of Profile

The Best of Profile

Find out more about the people making the news headlines

Download this programme

Download this programme

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes.

Podcast