CIA delaying release of IG report on torture

The report, which could contradict former Vice President Cheney's claims, was due out Friday

By Alex Koppelman

Published June 19, 2009 9:30PM (EDT)

A report by the CIA inspector general on interrogation procedures used during the Bush administration that reportedly includes information about the efficacy -- or lack thereof -- of torture won't be released Friday, as originally scheduled.

As Greg Sargent, who first reported the delay, notes, the report will be of no small interest when it is released because it reportedly says there's no evidence the use of torture actually led to the government's stopping any planned terror attacks. That would undermine claims from people like former President Bush and former Vice President Cheney, the latter of whom has spoken frequently of foiled plots during his recent media blitz.

The delay was confirmed by a letter from Lev Dassin, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to the ACLU, which filed a lawsuit seeking the report, among other material. That same letter says, however, that Dassin anticipates that review of the document will be complete next week.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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