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CIA announces Director Gina Haspel's retirement

The announcement was made via a Twitter post by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel testify at Senate hearing in 2019.
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Updated: January 19, 2021 - 6:19pm

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The CIA announced Tuesday that Director Gina Haspel is leaving the agency, ending a three-decade spy career that shattered a glass ceiling.

The announcement was made via a Twitter post by the Central Intelligence Agency, which thanked Haspel for her "36 years of dedicated service to the American people."

Haspel said in the post: "It has been the greatest honor in my life to lead this organization."

Haspel is a respected career officer and the first female director of the nation's premier spy agency. A U.S. official said Haspel wanted to announce her retirement a day early so she could thank her colleagues formally, but would be staying on the job through noon ET Wednesday when Joe Biden is inaugurated president.

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