Edward Snowden exposed Trump’s CIA pick over ‘torture program’


On Tuesday, Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden took to Twitter to condemn the Trump administration for having chosen Gina Haspel as Mike Pompeo’s replacement as CIA Director. Snowden’s greatest concern came from the knowledge that Haspel formerly managed a “black site” prison, where people were confined and tortured in the name of “national security.”

Snowden’s series of concerned tweets saw the NSA whistleblower, who was forced to flee the country after exposing classified information in 2013 with regards to questionable American surveillance programs, bring to light the fact that Haspel had a key role in the torture of detainees inside a clandestine CIA prison in Thailand.

“Interesting: The new CIA Director Haspel, who ‘tortured some folks,’ probably can’t travel to the EU to meet other spy chiefs without facing arrest due to an @ECCHRBerlin complaint to Germany’s federal prosecutor,” wrote Snowden, in reference to a complaint that was filed by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Snowden then asked if America should really be so naive as to think that other countries aren’t concerned by the values our nation’s leaders promote when people such as Haspel attain prominent heights in the political system. Snowden went so far as to say that the “CIA might as well start issuing uniforms decorated with skulls and lightning bolts.”

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet stating that Haspel would be replacing CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who will unexpectedly take over the helm as Secretary of State, after Rex Tillerson vacates his post.

“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” Trump tweeted.

“He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”