Woman appointed to lead CIA's clandestine service

Washington, Mar 27 (EFE).- A woman is the new director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, or NCS, for the first time in history, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Despite the fact that her identity cannot be revealed due to the nature of the post she occupies, the daily said that she is a veteran agent with broad support within the agency and that she participated in the program of detentions and interrogations by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The new head of the NCS also endorsed the decision to destroy videos of the torture meted out to certain prisoners in 2005, something that - along with her participation in the interrogation program - could put her appointment in danger.

The new NCS chief moved into her post last month on an interim basis after the previous director resigned.

The new CIA director, John Brennan, will now have to decide if the undercover agent should continue to head the clandestine service, a situation that puts him in a delicate position after the recent controversy he had to deal with over his activities at the agency.

Brennan had to endure a tough confirmation session in the Senate, where he was questioned about his activities when, as a high-ranking CIA official, the agency began using severe interrogation methods.

The NCS oversees all the CIA's undercover spies around the world and the majority of its black operations, including the current and controversial drone program.

The fact that this post is now occupied by a woman for the first time was announced just a day after U.S. President Barack Obama named Julia Pierson to be the new Secret Service chief, another post that to date had always been held by men.