AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – An outburst briefly interrupted Central Intelligence Agency Director’s Gina Haspel’s speech with Auburn University students, faculty and other guests during Thursday’s National Safety Forum at the Auburn University and Dixon conference center.
Haspel had just taken the stage and was discussing her enthusiasm when she first joined the agency more than three decades ago when a man in a yellow shirt stood up in the audience and began yelling at her.
“It still seems like yesterday when I stepped across that iconic seal in our headquarters lobby for the first time. I still remember the thrill of being sworn in as an officer raising my and reciting the oath to protect our country and our constitution,” shared Haspel.
Her sentence was interrupted when the man stood up and yelled at the director, “You remember the thrill of the black sites the CIA tortured people in and the evidence you destroyed. Tell these young children tell them who you tortured. You know their names. They are still in Guantanamo Bay. You are a decrepit human being. The only people you should be talking to is a prison guard in a jail cell,” yelled the unknown man.
Haspel calmly waited for the disruption to end and began speaking again as the man was escorted out of the building. He was one of two men who disrupted Haspel’s speech and Q&A session with Auburn staff and students during a National Safety Forum.
News 3 will take you inside the forum tonight, to hear more from Haspel on the CIA’s role in keeping America safe.