Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

CIA taps first female, Beth Kimber, to lead Directorate of Operations

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The CIA has named Beth Kimber to lead the agency's clandestine arm, its Directorate of Operations, CBS reports.

Details: Kimber, a 34-year agency veteran, will be the first-ever female to serve in the role. She most recently served as acting deputy director of the CIA while Gina Haspel was undergoing the confirmation process to lead the agency. She has formerly worked overseas and currently heads the Europe and Eurasia Mission Center.

Report: CIA director to brief lawmakers on Jamal Khashoggi's death

Gina Haspel, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel will brief Senate leaders Tuesday on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Wall Street Journal reports, days after several lawmakers expressed outrage over her absence from last week's Senate briefing regarding U.S. support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Why it matters: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis led last week's briefing, but Haspel's absence was particularly noticeable given intelligence officials are normally present at such a meeting. The CIA also issued a key report last month which reportedly concluded with "high confidence" that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the killing.

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