This week, the CIA fired a woman whose account of an attack on a stairwell at the agency’s spy headquarters sparked an uproar among colleagues facing their own complaints of sexual misconduct. . The woman’s la.r called the action blatant retaliation.
While the CIA said the allegation was “factually inaccurate,” it had no further comment on the case and declined to explain why the 36-year-old woman did not undergo the agency’s undercover officer training program known as ” the Farm” and, unlike most of his classmates, he was not hired for another job.
“To be clear, the CIA does not condone sexual assault, sexual harassment or whistleblower retaliation,” CIA spokeswoman Tammy Thorp told The Associated Press, adding that the agency uses “consistent procedures to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all officers passing through. training.”
The woman’s firing comes less than six months after she filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging the CIA retaliated against her for reporting on what she says was a 2022 attack on the Langley stairs. , Virginia, to law enforcement agencies and testified about it in a closed-door hearing in Congress.
The lawsuit accuses the agency of giving him worse performance evaluations and “humiliating” him by improperly disclosing his personal information during the state’s prosecution last year of Ashkan Bayatpour, a colleague of the former CIA who was convicted of attacking him with a scarf.
The woman’s lawyer, Kevin Carroll, told the AP that the CIA is now “illegally ending the career of a young woman simply because she had the moral courage, which her managers lacked, to stand up and witness the his attack.” sexual”.
“The growing problem of sexual violence in the ag’s workplace,” Carroll said, “is now undermining the sustainability of young women who no longer accept it.”
The woman, who was not identified by the AP as a protective measure, is credited with launching a CIA crackdown because hers is a rare allegation of sexual misconduct by the super-secret agency. spy agency that went to a public court.
An AP investigation found that the case helped inspire at least two dozen women to come forward to authorities and Congress over the past two years with their own CIA accounts of sexual harassment. assault, unwanted touching and what they claim is a campaign to prevent them from speaking.