US President Joe Biden’s new administration is expected to soon declassify and release key documents related to the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi monarchy.
Just hours after the beginning of Biden’s administration, the Senate voted to confirm Haines as Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Just a few hours earlier, Biden temporarily appointed Lora Shiao to head the office of the DNI until Haines could be confirmed or rejected by the Senate.
Haines has also been criticized for her consulting work with Palantir, a data mining company that helped US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to track down undocumented immigrants during the administration of former US President Donald Trump.
Haines said earlier this week during her confirmation hearing that soon after becoming president, Biden would declassify an intelligence dossier on Khashoggi’s October 2018 murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. She told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) her office would “absolutely” release an unclassified report on who was behind the murder.
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