Gina Haspel has been tipped to take over from Mike Pompeo – and become the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
But she could face a tough confirmation hearing in the senate, given past allegations she oversaw the torture of detainees in a secret CIA prison in Thailand.
She has been the agency’s deputy director since 2017.
Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC.
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