‘Ayatollah Mike’ D’Andrea to lead CIA’s new hardline approach on Iran

A controversial CIA operative known as the Dark Prince, who presided  over the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the killing of thousands of  Islamist militants, has been appointed to head US spy operations against Iran. The assignment of Michael D’Andrea — also known as Ayatollah Mike and immortalised in the Hollywood film Zero Dark Thirty — is one of several moves within the intelligence agency that herald a more vigorous push on Iran, in line with a campaign pledge by President Trump.