The Weekly Standard has praised the nomination of Gina Haspel as new director of the Central Intelligence Agency as an "important and encouraging" part of President Donald Trump's Cabinet shake-up.
"Gina Haspel is a strong and capable woman. She would be the first female to lead the CIA, and we can expect she will do so with great skill and professionalism," the conservative magazine says in an editorial published Friday.
They say Haspel, a career intelligence officer, brings to an "integrity and skill" that are unchallenged.
"She has, moreover, a reputation for impartiality. The capacity to separate one's political views from one's duties is crucial in most high-level government work, but particularly in the clandestine services. By all accounts Haspel is apolitical. Or at least no one seems to know what her politics are," they write.
The editors dismiss concerns that Haspel was involved in the use of controversial torture techniques on terrorism suspects.
"She served her country in the tasks assigned to her," they say.
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