· Bush at centre of missing interrogation tapes row
Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Wednesday December 12, 2007
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.