Donald Trump appoints a sulfur spy as head of the CIA

Donald Trump is definitely the largest UFO in contemporary political history. In a four-line tweet on Tuesday, the US president announced a major reshuffle . Exit the too moderate Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who is replaced by a hard, director of the CIA Mike Pompeo. The latter will for its part give way to Gina Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead the CIA.

A highly experienced spy in covert operations, the latter joined the Langley-based agency in 1985 and served in several parts of the world, including London. at the end of the 2000s. In 2013, she was appointed head of the CIA's National Underground Service, but was replaced after only a few weeks, apparently due to doubts about her responsibility in setting up after the 11 September 2001 of secret prisons abroad where methods like drowning simulation, assimilated to torture, were used to interrogate suspects. A liability that made Senators Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich, at the time of his appointment as CIA No. 2, that "his course (fact) that it is not suitable for this position."

Secret Prison in Thailand

In 2013, the Washington Post had revealed that Gina Haspel had "run a secret prison in Thailand where the detainees were subjected to simulations of drowning and other ill-treatment." The US daily claimed that the new CIA boss was also implicated in the destruction in 2005 of compromising videos on these "intensive interrogation" techniques applied to several detainees in Thailand.

Al-Qaeda wanted to retrieve these videos for presentation to the courts. Among the prisoners subjected to brutal interrogation methods under the responsibility of Mrs. Haspel were two Saudis: Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, considered as the brain of the attack on the tanker Limburg in 2002 and the attack on the American ship USS Cole in 2000, and Abu Zoubaydah, the first alleged influential member of the Islamist network captured by the Americans after 9/11.

A secret report on this CIA torture program was made in 2014 by the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the current president of this commission, a Republican, has been trying for several months to collect copies, ensuring want to avoid leaks. The Democrats fear that the elected Republican will want to destroy all copies of this report and that the truth about this CIA program is never born.