For Immediate Release
Brenda Bowser Soder
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Bipartisan Group of 115 Retired and Former Career Ambassadors Warn Senate that Confirming Haspel Would Undercut the Work of Diplomats Around the World
WASHINGTON - One hundred and fifteen retired and former career and non-career U.S. ambassadors, who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations, today sent a letter to members of the Senate expressing their serious concern over the nomination of Gina Haspel for director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) due to Haspel’s involvement in the agency’s torture program and her subsequent role in the destruction of evidence related to the abuse. The letter comes as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence holds Haspel’s nomination hearing this morning.
Gina Haspel ran a secret CIA “black site” detention facility at which at least one detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was repeatedly tortured, including by waterboarding. Further, she played a central role in advocating for, and ultimately carrying out an order to destroy 92 videotapes of individuals in U.S. custody being subjected to torture, despite the objections of multiple Bush Administration and congressional leaders.
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