The media-driven assault on Gina Haspel is falling apart.
After President Trump appointed her deputy director of the CIA last year, ProPublica reported that 1) Haspel was in charge of a secret CIA prison when al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah was frequently waterboarded, and 2) “she mocked the prisoner’s suffering.”
Over a year later, ProPublica’s editor issued the following statement: “Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them.”
What’s received far less attention, though, is the praise she’s received this week from the most senior members of the Intelligence Community under President Obama:
President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “I think the world of Gina. I think she is a tremendous officer, intelligence officer… I think she will be good for the Agency, is very highly respected there.”
President Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan: “She has a wealth of experience and background. And she has more than three decades experience both abroad as well as at headquarters. She has tremendous respect within the ranks. … Gina Haspel has a lot of integrity, she has tried to carry out her duties at CIA to the best of her ability even when CIA was asked to do some difficult things in very challenging times.”