Gina Haspel, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has announced her intent to retire from the agency.
The agency revealed on Tuesday that Haspel, 64, who was sworn-in on May 18, 2018, would be stepping aside after more than three decades with the agency, saying, ”You have broken barriers and empowered the next generation of CIA officers.”
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to lead this remarkable organization,” Haspel said. “I depart deeply proud of the work we have done together — the triumph we have achieved, the threats we have overcome, and the investments we have made for the future.”
While her departure was announced on Tuesday, there were reports that she nearly resigned last month amid rumors that President Trump was on the verge of naming Kash Patel, a loyalist to the president, as her deputy. The move, which ultimately fell apart, would have forced CIA Deputy Director Vaughn Bishop out, and Patel would have replaced him. If Haspel resigned in protest, Patel would have become acting director.
Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and has since served seven field tours and held a number of senior leadership positions, including Deputy Director of the CIA, acting Director of the National Clandestine Service, Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, and Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action.