Reuters – Prime Minister Mario Draghi has appointed diplomat Elisabetta Belloni as the head of Italy’s spy agency, the first woman to lead the Department of Information Security (DIS).
Belloni, 62, has since 2016 been secretary general of the foreign ministry – the top job in the diplomatic service. Previously, she headed the ministry’s crisis unit tasked with protecting Italian citizens abroad.
She gained prominence after helping secure the release of Italians kidnapped by militants in Iraq and Afghanistan and leading operations to bring home Italian tourists hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami.
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