Pelosi Accuses CIA of 'Misleading' Her on Interrogations
By Paul Kane
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today accused the CIA of "misleading" her on the use of harsh interrogation techniques in the fall of 2002, acknowledging for the first time publicly she knew alleged terrorist detainees were subjected to waterboarding more than six years ago.
Pelosi called for the CIA to release detailed portions of her own September 2002 briefing about interrogation techniques, saying that at that time she was told the CIA was not waterboarding detainees. After weeks of sticking to prior statements that she then was never "briefed" about waterboarding's use, Pelosi today said her top security adviser was part of a briefing in February 2003 in which he learned interrogators were waterboarding terrorists.
Later, government reports showed that a high value al Qaeda detainee had been subjected to waterboarding 83 times in August 2002, weeks before Pelosi's briefing on the matter.
"At every step of the way the administration was misleading the Congress," Pelosi told reporters in a heated news conference, linking the alleged misinformation on waterboarding to now discredited intelligence reports in the fall 2002 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Posted at 12:05 PM ET on May 14, 2009
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