CIA destruction of Senate torture report ‘stunning’ – Reprieve

May 16, 2016

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Commenting on the news that the CIA Inspector General’s office has “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of the Senate torture report, Cori Crider, a director at international human rights organization Reprieve said:

“Clearly the CIA would rather we all forgot about torture. But it’s stunning that even the CIA’s own watchdog couldn’t manage to hang onto its copy of the Senate’s landmark report about CIA black sites.  One worries that no one is minding the store.

“If we are not careful, this report will go the way of the waterboarding tapes.  It’s deeply depressing that the CIA still thinks they can shred and spin their way out of this scandal, but that is the consequence of impunity. Not a single person who designed or implemented the Bush-era torture program has been made to explain or apologize.

“With the threat of a new Torturer-in-Chief on the horizon, it is vital that the CIA comes clean and admits that kidnapping and torturing dozens of individuals was an appalling mistake and must not happen again.”


Notes to editors

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: communications [at] / +44 (0) 207 553 8140. Reprieve US, based in New York City, can be contacted on Katherine [dot] oshea [at] / +1 917 855 8064.

2. According to Mike Isikoff of Yahoo News, “The CIA inspector general’s office — the spy agency’s internal watchdog — has acknowledged it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report”.  The full story can be found here.

3. In 2014, the UK Government claimed that records which could have held evidence of CIA rendition flights using the airbase on Diego Garcia had been destroyed by “water damage”.