WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top U.S. intelligence official says President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director was cleared of wrongdoing years ago in the destruction of 92 videotapes showing terror suspects being subjected to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques.
The Associated Press has obtained a declassified memo that the CIA gave to Congress Friday to counter opposition Gina Haspel faces from Democrats and liberal groups concerned about her role in the destruction of the tapes in 2005 and her overall role in the interrogation program.
The 2011 memo about a disciplinary review was written by former acting CIA director Mike Morrell. He says he "found no fault" with Gina Haspel. He says she drafted a cable ordering the tapes destroyed, but it was her boss who issued it.