Adelicate glass tea set, off bounds to most everyone, sits in Paula Doyle’s living room. Gina Haspel gave it to her for her 40th birthday when the two of them were overseas. Both women came up in the CIA during the 1990s, a time when the agency’s “old-boy” culture was slowly shifting.
“As early as all the rest of us would get up, she would be in earlier,” Doyle, who served as associate deputy director of operations at CIA, says with a laugh. There weren’t many senior women on the operations side then, she says, referring to the small, tight-knit group of spies stationed around the world.