CIA says White House did not prevent Gina Haspel from briefing Senate

The Central Intelligence Agency’s first female director, Gina Haspel, at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, US [REUTERS]

The White House did not block CIA Director Gina Haspel from participating in a briefing on Wednesday for the United States Senate about the war in Yemen and United States relations with Saudi Arabia, a spokesman for the agency said.

“The notion that anyone told Director Haspel not to attend today’s briefing is false,” agency spokesman Timothy Barrett said in a statement.

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Some senators who are interested in the spy agency’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi had complained that Haspel was absent from the briefing Reuters reported.

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