The ‘number two’ of Robles in Defense, Esperanza Casteleiro, new director of the CNI


Until now Secretary of State for Defence, Esperanza Casteleiro, was appointed this Tuesday as the new director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI) to replace Paz Esteban, dismissed as a result of the espionage scandal with the ‘Pegasus’ program.

Casteleiro is a person with a long professional career in the CNI, of which she became secretary general, as the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, recalled on Tuesday at the press conference after the Council of Ministers that gave the go-ahead to the relief in the dome of the intelligence center.

Secretary of State for Defense since June 2020, she is a person of wide confidence of Robles, with whom she arrived at the Ministry of Defense as cabinet director.

Casteleiro joined the National Intelligence Center in 1983, occupying until 2018 various positions in central units and foreign deployment (in Cuba and Portugal) always in the field of Intelligence.

On September 28, 2004, she was appointed Secretary General of the National Intelligence Center, a position she held until June 2008. From 2008 to 2014, she held new assignments in Intelligence units abroad and, from 2014 until her arrival at the Ministry of Defense of the hand of Margarita Robles, occupied the head of the Intelligence Unit of the CNI in the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime.


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