A day after Julia Pierson became the first woman director of the Secret Service, it was learned that the head of the CIA's most secretive division has its first female chief as well. Except no one will get to meet her, because like everyone else in her department, she's an undercover agent whose identity must remain secret. She was made the acting head of the Clandestine Service last month, just one week before John Brennan took over the agency's top job. The Clandestine Service oversees all of agency's undercover spies and their most cover operations.
She also may not have the job for too much longer, though, if certain critics have their way. Thefocus of The Washington Post story mentioning the appointment is actually about the internal resistance to making the "acting" part of her job permanent, in part because of her role in the agency's controversial detention and interrogation programs.