Interrogations

CIA Director: Pelosi Was Told the Truth

One Democrat who’s not taking Nancy Pelosi’s side? The new CIA director, Leon Panetta. In a memo to agency employees, Panetta said disputed Pelosi’s claim that the CIA had misled her, though said "ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened." Panetta said that, after reviewing the records, "CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing 'the enhanced techniques that had been employed.’” Then, offering a boost to employees, he wrote, “Our task is to tell it like it is — even if that’s not what people always want to hear. Keep it up. Our national security depends on it.”