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An Afghan detainee is held at the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2011. A document circulating in Washington suggests the Trump administration might reactivate secret CIA "black sites" for terrorism detainees around the world. Dar Yasin/AP hide caption

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President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., last month. He met Friday with top U.S. intelligence officials about Russian interference in the election. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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President-elect Donald Trump has been dismissive of the intelligence community for sounding the alarm on Russia's interference in November's election. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Russia intervened in the presidential election to help Donald Trump. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA, has been a congressman from Kansas for the past six years. He's shown here questioning Hillary Clinton last year during a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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For CIA Nominee Mike Pompeo, 'Not A Good Situation To Inherit'

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President-elect Trump met in the Oval Office with President Obama last month. Trump would get daily intelligence briefings there, but he has expressed skepticism about their worth. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and John Podesta arrive for a portrait unveiling ceremony for retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., last week. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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U.S. intelligence agencies charge that operatives with ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin's (above) administration hacked private Clinton and Democratic National Committee emails during the presidential election and released them via WikiLeaks. Darko Vojinovic/AP hide caption

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Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions pledges his support for then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before speaking to supporters on Oct. 10 at a rally in Ambridge, Pa. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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Former CIA operative Sabrina De Sousa, photographed in her then-home in Washington, D.C., in 2013, has lost an appeal to the Portuguese court system and will be extradited to Italy, she says. Barbara L. Salisbury/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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Sabrina De Sousa, shown here at her Washington home in 2012, is a former CIA officer who was convicted in absentia by an Italian court for the 2003 abduction of a terrorism suspect, cleric Abu Omar, in Milan, Italy. She was detained in Portugal and could be extradited to Italy. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Will An Ex-CIA Spy Go To Prison In Italy?

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Duane "Dewey" Clarridge, a CIA veteran, speaks in May 2007 during an Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations luncheon in Little Rock, Ark. The retired spy criticized the CIA's leadership and said a lack of human intelligence had led to mistakes in Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Mike Wintroath/AP hide caption

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Russia's Vladimir Putin makes a speech in 2009 after receiving an award in Dresden, Germany, where he served as a KGB officer during the Cold War. Norbert Millauer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Spy Vs. Spies: Why Deciphering Putin Is So Hard For U.S. Intelligence

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