Gina Haspel (CIA) Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Gina Haspel

Real NameGina Cheri Walker
Nickname(s)Seasoned spymaster, Fido
ProfessionIntelligence officer
Famous ForFirst woman to hold the post of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet inches- 5’ 4”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Personal Life
Date of BirthOctober 1, 1956
Age (as in 2017)61 Years
BirthplaceAshland, Kentucky, USA
Zodiac sign/Sun signLibra
HometownAshland, Kentucky, USA
SchoolA high school in the United Kingdom
College/UniversitiesUniversity of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Educational QualificationBA degree in Languages and Journalism
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressA house in Ashburn, Virginia
HobbiesListening to music, Traveling
Awards/Achievements Presidential Rank Award
Donovan Award
Intelligence Medal of Merit, a Presidential Rank Award
George H.W. Bush Award
ControversiesIn 2005, her name was surfaced in the destruction of videos regarding the waterboarding torture and other severe interrogative techniques under a secret operation called "Cat's eye" in Thailand, which would have dented the image of CIA. A 2011 declassified disciplinary review by then-Deputy Director Michael Morell investigating the case gave a clean chit to her by saying that despite the fact that she drafted the cable ordering the destruction, she did it on the orders of her boss, Jose Rodriquez.
Gina Haspel controversy
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affair/BoyfriendJeff Haspel (Army personnel)
Husband/SpouseJeff Haspel (m. 1976–div. 1985)
ParentsFather- Name Not Known (Former Air Force personnel)
Mother- Name Not Known
Favorite Things
Favorite SingerJohnny Cash
Money Factor
Salary (approx.) $187,000 (Executive Schedule, Level II)

Gina Haspel

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gina Haspel

  • Gina was raised in a disciplined environment in military bases worldwide as her father was in the Air Force.
  • Her first job was of running a library and foreign language lab at a Special Forces base in Massachusetts. There someone suggested her to have a career at the CIA. She always wanted to go abroad and learn different languages, and it was a good enough reason for her to apply for a job in the CIA.
  • In 1985, she joined the CIA as a ‘reports officer’ specializing in Russia and has been fluent in Russian since then.
  • After becoming CIA’s undercover officer, her first field assignment was in Ethiopia from 1987 to 1989.
  • While she was posted in Azerbaijan, she detained 2 men linked to the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • In 2001, she requested a transfer to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), and her first day was September 1 (9/11).
  • In 2002, she led the secret CIA base in Thailand where “enhanced interrogation techniques” were carried out such as “waterboarding” for the terrorism suspects.
  • In 2008, she was posted to London where she played a pivotal role in forcing the UK to take a bigger role in the Predator drone programme that was hitting Al Qaeda in Pakistan, of which Britain was a bit reluctant.
  • In 2013, she became the director of the National Clandestine Service, a small component of the CIA.
  • She came back to the U.S from London, and in 2014, she was again reposted to London until 2017.
  • It is believed that she was posted in London to keep her away from the investigations related to the 9/11 in Washington.
  • On her return to the U.S. in 2017, she played a pivotal role in the suspension of Russian diplomats.
  • After 33 years of service in the CIA, in May 2018, she became the first-ever female CIA director, in a 54 to 45 vote. Gina Haspel - CIA
  • Before becoming the director of the CIA, she was serving as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Director for Operations in the CIA.
  • She has spent most of her career in the CIA as an undercover officer.
  • She is such a huge fan of singer-songwriter Johnny Cash that she always keeps a long poster of him in her CIA office. Gina Haspel - Johnny Cash
  • She is an avid dog lover.