Deaths, missing detainees blacked out of CIA report?

The document reportedly contained information about deaths and waterboarding that was not declassified


Alex Koppelman
August 26, 2009 4:01AM (UTC)

As I wrote yesterday, the unclassified version of the CIA inspector general's report on CIA abuse and interrogation of detainees didn't contain much in the way of new information. But there was always the possibility that the hype over the report and its release was justified by the substantial amount of redacted information in it.

If an ABC News report is correct, that redacted information is in fact pretty explosive. The network has a source it describes as "a former senior intelligence official who has read the full, unredacted version" who says, among other things, that among the blacked out sections of the report were findings about three detainees who died while in custody -- two in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. (Material on a fourth was declassified.)

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ABC also reports that the ful document refers to the waterboarding of 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and says there were concerns that the technique almost killed him.

Finally, the report also apparently contained information about detainees that had gone missing. "[A] few just got lost and the CIA does [not] know what happened to them," the network's source said.

All of the recommendations made in the report were blacked out; former CIA Inspector General John Helgerson, who was responsible for it, has said he believes they should have been made public.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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