She's a composite character—Maya is based on several female CIA officers who worked on the bin Laden case in the years before and after 9/11. In his book "No Easy Day", former SEAL Mark Bassionette, who was part of the mission which killed bin Laden, mentions a female CIA agent, who he refers to by the pseudonym "Jen", who worked with the SEAL team on the mission. Just like Maya, "Jen" considers the probability of bin Laden being in the house at 100% whilst others are more cautious, she observes the mission from the control room, is there to meet the SEALs when they return with bin Laden's corpse and bursts out crying afterwards. In 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on American torture practices during the war on terror which referenced the influence of another CIA agent who was used as part of the composite character Maya. While not naming the agent, even with a pseudonym, the report is highly critical of her work, stating that she was a primary cheerleader for ineffective torture techniques and that she lied to Congress in an effort to misrepresent the effectiveness of the CIA's torture program. The report also notes that, prior to 9/11, she supported the decision of a subordinate to withhold from the FBI the fact that two of the 9/11 hijackers, who were on an FBI watch list at the time, had entered the country.