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This painting of Virginia Hall hangs in one of the main hallways near the entrance of CIA headquarters. The painting shows her making radio contact with London from an old barn in France to request supplies and personnel. Power for her radio was provided by a bicycle rigged to power an electric generator. Courtesy of CIA hide caption

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'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

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Tony Mendez, the former CIA officer who rescued six American diplomats from revolutionary Iran in 1980, died Saturday. He's shown here in 2012 in Washington, D.C., at the premiere of Argo, a film based on his operation in Iran. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Tony Mendez, The 'Argo' Spy Who Rescued Americans In Iran, Dies At 78

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CIA Director Gina Haspel, speaking at the University of Louisville in September, says she wants to send more undercover officers overseas. Many in the intelligence world says this has become more challenging in an era of universal surveillance. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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CIA Chief Pushes For More Spies Abroad; Surveillance Makes That Harder

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The President's Daily Briefing is the top-secret intelligence report the CIA presents to the president every weekday. The book shown here is for a briefing delivered to President George W. Bush in 2002. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Sept. 11 Revealed The Importance And Limits Of The President's Daily Briefing

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John Brennan is shown speaking here at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., in 2016, when he was serving as CIA director. Brennan says he is considering a legal challenge to President Trump's decision to revoke his security clearance. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director, and CIA official Andrew Kim, the pair on the left, have dinner with North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, a former intelligence chief, in New York on Wednesday. Current and former spy chiefs are playing an unusually prominent role in arranging a proposed summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. U.S. State Department hide caption

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The Spies Have A Leading Role In The North Korea Summit

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Gina Haspel is sworn in to testify at her confirmation hearing before the Senate intelligence committee in Washington on May 9. The full Senate on Thursday confirmed Haspel as CIA director, making her the first woman to hold the job. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Gina Haspel (in white), the nominee to lead the CIA, is welcomed at her confirmation hearing before the Senate intelligence committee by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (seated), and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., in Washington on May 9. The committee voted 10-5 on Wednesday to recommend Haspel's confirmation by the full Senate. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Panel Approves Gina Haspel As CIA Chief; Confirmation Appears Likely

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Gina Haspel, the nominee to be CIA director, testifies at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on May 9. Haspel now appears to have enough Senate support to win confirmation. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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This 2017 photo shows the man on the right, identified by local Hong Kong media as former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee, standing in front of a member of security at the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" painting at the Christie's showroom in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden delivers remarks on national security at the National Academy of Sciences in October. Hayden is among a growing number of former intelligence officials who are now speaking out regularly in retirement. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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In Retirement, America's Spies Are Getting Downright Chatty

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Since stepping down as CIA chief last year, John Brennan has been a harsh critic of President Trump. "I just think he hasn't fulfilled the responsibilities of the president of the United States," Brennan tells NPR. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Free To Speak, Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Takes On Trump

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Gina Haspel, an undercover CIA officer for three decades, has been nominated to become director of the spy agency. Several senators say they will be asking tough questions about her role in the CIA's waterboarding program that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. CIA via AP hide caption

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The CIA Introduces Gina Haspel After Her Long Career Undercover

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