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ProPublica Retracts Parts of Report on CIA Director Nominee and Torture

HeadlineMar 16, 2018
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In an update to a story we covered on Tuesday about President Trump’s pick to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, ProPublica has retracted part of its reporting—which we cited—about Haspel’s role at a secret CIA black site in Thailand where prisoners were tortured. ProPublica is now reporting Haspel was not yet based at the site when Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times, and did not mock the prisoner while he was being tortured. But according to The New York Times, Haspel did oversee the waterboarding of another prisoner, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, at the secret prison. She also later advocated for destroying videotapes of Zubaydah’s waterboarding.

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