U.S. looking to recruit more Turkish speakers, says CIA director

CIA Director Gina Haspel said on Monday the United States’ spy agency was hoping to recruit more speakers of foreign languages, such as Turkish, in order to eliminate intelligence gaps, Voice of America reported.

Speaking at the University of Louisville, Haspel said she was intent on "increasing the number of officers stationed overseas" and stressed the need for more officers fluent in Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, French, Spanish and Turkish.

In her first public appearance since being sworn in as CIA director in May, Haspel called the shift from counterterrorism back to more traditional espionage against nation states "a strategic priority".

She said the CIA was "working more closely than ever with our allies across the world".

Haspel, who is fluent in Turkish, is the first female director in the history of the agency.