Wednesday, December 12, 2007

White House accused over mistreatment of al-Qaida detainees

· Ex-CIA agent says coercive technique was US policy
· Bush at centre of missing interrogation tapes row

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Wednesday December 12, 2007
The Guardian

The White House was directly accused yesterday of authorising the waterboarding of al-Qaida detainees, putting President George Bush at the centre of a deepening controversy over the treatment of detainees.

The charge from John Kiriakou, a former CIA official involved in the capture of senior al-Qaida members, came on a day when the Bush administration tried to contain a dispute concerning the destruction of hundreds of hours of video footage of the interrogation of the high-level al-Qaida suspect known as Abu Zubaydah.

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