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Gina Haspel is well-qualified for her intelligence gathering mission to Turkey in the Khashoggi affair.

Haspel is known to have served as an intelligence officer in Turkey and one top former CIA official told me she speaks Turkish. So Haspel was able to talk, without interpreters, Hakan Fidan, chief of the Turkish intelligence service, the MIT.

Haspel, who arrived in Turkey on Monday, listened to an audio recording of Khashoggi’s killing during her visit, according to the sources, speaking on the condition they were not further identified, according to Reuters.

Its worth noting that Haspel, not Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is taking the lead for the Trump administration. The apparent asassination of journalist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi is treated as the subject of covert consulation, not public diplomacy.

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