Shane Harris, The Washington Post Published 8:32 am PDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 Gina Haspel, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, waves while walking to a meeting with Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 7, 2018. Gina Haspel, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, waves while walking to a meeting with Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 7, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Zach Gibson Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Zach Gibson Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Gina Haspel, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, waves while walking to a meeting with Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 7, 2018. Gina Haspel, U.S. President Donald Trump's … [Read more...] about The CIA is returning its central focus to nation-state rivals, director says
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — CIA Director Gina Haspel pledged Monday that the spy agency would step up its efforts to stem the flow of opioids into the U.S., saying illegal drugs have killed more Americans than terrorists. Haspel made the remarks in her first public appearance as director, speaking at the University of Louisville in her native Kentucky, where she earned a degree. She spoke at the McConnell center, named after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who introduced her. Haspel's mention of drugs, in a state whose residents have experienced a sharp uptick in drug overdoses in recent years, was an unusual note in a careful speech that emphasized general themes articulated by many of her predecessors. In a friendly question-and-answer session afterward conducted by Scott Jennings, a former McConnell adviser, Haspel was … [Read more...] about CIA Director Gina Haspel pledges to target opioids entering the U.S.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Recently confirmed CIA Director Gina Haspel says one of her top priorities is to invest more heavily in collecting intelligence against nation state adversaries as well as Islamic extremists. In her first public speech since becoming director of the agency, Haspel said she also is working to invest in foreign-language training to make sure CIA officers are attuned to the cultures where they work. Haspel, the first woman to direct the agency, says another one of her priorities is to recruit officers of all genders, races and cultures and increase the number of officers stationed overseas. She says the CIA also is going to beef up counter narcotics efforts abroad to address the nation's opioid crisis. Haspel spoke Monday morning in Kentucky at her alma mater, the University of Louisville. … [Read more...] about CIA director: Agency keenly focused on nation state rivals
U.S. President Donald Trump was puzzled by the CIA’s efforts to limit civilian casualties and requested that silent bombs be developed so that militants “can’t get away,” according to a forthcoming book by Washington Post national security correspondent Greg Miller. Trump apparently made the remark on his second day in office during a visit to the agency’s Northern Virginia campus. The CIA’s head of drone operations explained that special munitions had been developed to limit the number of civilian casualties, and “the president seemed nonplused,” Miller wrote in and adaptation of his book The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy to be released October 2. “Shown a strike in which the CIA delayed firing until the target was a safe distance from a compound with other occupants, Trump asked, ‘Why did you wait?’” Miller wrote in the adaptation published by the Post Wednesday. Miller … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Asked CIA to Make Silent Bombs So Enemies ‘Can’t Get Away,’ Book Claims
The facade of the New York Times building is seen in New York. (REUTERS) The anonymous op-ed published this month in The New York Times – allegedly written by a current Trump administration senior official – received a great deal of news coverage for its criticism of President Trump’s intellectual and psychological fitness for his job. The essay has become another piece of political fodder for debate between opponents and supporters of President Trump. But interest in this controversial piece extends beyond our shores – especially to our nation’s enemies. Much of my career at the CIA was spent focused on Russia. If there is one thing I learned it was that President Vladimir Putin, who directs the lion’s share of Russia’s military and intelligence actions against the United States, continues – like his Soviet predecessors – to view the U.S. as Russia’s “main enemy.” I have a high degree of confidence that … [Read more...] about Former CIA Officer: New York Times ‘anonymous’ op-ed is like a gift to Vladimir Putin