New ca­bles de­tail ‘treat­ment’ at base run by CIA di­rec­tor

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION -

WASH­ING­TON : Newly de­clas­si­fied doc­u­ments re­leased Fri­day graph­i­cally de­scribe how an ac­cused al-qaida op­er­a­tive was stripped naked, re­peat­edly slammed against walls, wa­ter­boarded and con­fined in boxes for hours at a covert de­ten­tion site that CIA Di­rec­tor Gina Haspel briefly over­saw af­ter 9/11.

The harsh treat­ment of Abd al-rahim al-nashiri at the se­cret lockup in Thai­land has been re­vealed be­fore, and came un­der the spot­light dur­ing Haspel’s con­tentious Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion this spring.

About a dozen new doc­u­ments, ob­tained by t he non­profit Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ar­chive, pro­vide more de­tail.

Ac­cord­ing to one ca­ble, an in­ter­roga­tor “snarled” at al-nashiri and told him: “You are our pris­oner. We are your keep­ers and it doesn’t get much lower than that.”

Some of the other ca­bles, es­sen­tially field re­ports sent from the base in Thai­land to CIA head­quar­ters, de­scribe forced nu­dity re­placed by a “towel to wear” and the shav­ing of al-nashiri’s head and beard while he “cried and gri­maced the­atri­cally.”

Haspel’s name and those of other CIA em­ploy­ees who worked at the de­ten­tion site are redacted from the doc­u­ments, but pub­lic state­ments and other de­clas­si­fied pa­pers, in­clud­ing the 2004 CIA In­spec­tor Gen­eral’s re­port, con­firm that she was over­see­ing the site while al-nashiri was there dur­ing the last few months of 2002.

NYT

Gina Haspel

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