CIA to Surrender Tape Records

House will get secret documents on destroyed water boarding videos

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 20, 2007 4:32 AM CST

(Newser) – The CIA will provide documents on the destruction of interrogation videotapes to the House Intelligence Committee and allow the agency's top attorney to testify, the New York Times reports. It's unclear whether the man who ordered the videos destroyed, clandestine service chief Jose Rodriguez, will also testify. The tapes showed al-Qaeda suspects being subjected to water boarding.

The deal ends a standoff between the Bush administration and Congress over the destruction of the tapes. “We’re in touch with the House Intelligence Committee on these matters, and we look forward to it being worked out,” said a CIA spokesman. The documents could be available as early as today.

CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, for a closed-door hearing of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. The CIA agreed Wednesday to hand over to the committee documents relating to the destruction of the tapes. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) (AP Photo/Pablo...
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, for a closed-door hearing of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. The CIA agreed Wednesday to...   (Associated Press)
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, left, accompanied by Committee Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas. The CIA has agreed to hand over to the committee documents relating to the destruction of the tapes. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, left, accompanied by Committee Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas. The CIA has agreed to hand over to the committee...   (Associated Press)
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill following a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on the issue of destroyed CIA interrogation tapes. The CIA has agreed to hand over documents relating to the destruction of the tapes. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill following a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on the issue of destroyed CIA interrogation tapes. The CIA...   (Associated Press)
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