Obama's Pick for CIA No. 2 Used to Oversee 'Erotica Readings'
While Obama appointee Avril Haines will be the highest-ranked woman in the CIA to date, she may also be the Agency's only Deputy Director who used to oversee "erotica readings" at a bookstore.
According to the New York Post, when Haines was 24 years old, she dropped out of a graduate program in physics at John Hopkins University and opened a waterfront bookstore in Baltimore. The store "turned into the regular meeting place of a small group of erotica aficionados," where Haines held a monthly erotica reading.
Haines would set the mood for the readings. For example, in preparation for one session, "she placed red candles throughout her store," then "got pulses racing" by reading the following:
In the topmost bed chamber of the house (the prince) found her. He had stepped over sleeping chambermaids and valets, and, breathing the dust and damp of the place, he finally stood in the door of her sanctuary. And approaching her, he gave a soft gasp as he touched her cheek, and her teeth through her parted lips, and then her tender rounded eyelids.
Haines has taken part in "virtually every senior-level meeting at the president's National Security Council over the past two years."
She has never worked in the intelligence agency in which she will soon hold the No. 2 role.
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