Hanoi Captor Endorses McCain, Denies Torture
Duyet calls ex-POW a friend
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2008 9:13 AM CDT
Hoa Lo Prison Historic Vestige is seen in Hanoi. John McCain was held here as a prisoner during the Vietnamese war.    (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
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(Newser) – John McCain’s Vietnam War jailer says he would vote for him because of McCain's willingness to forgive and look to the future, the AP reports. In the same breath, Tran Trong Duyet denied that McCain was tortured during his 5-year imprisonment and accused him of making up the stories to win votes. A retired Marine imprisoned with McCain spoke for the campaign and called Duyet “a damn liar.”

"If I were an American voter, I would vote for John McCain," said Duyet. "He's very loyal to the US military, to his beliefs, and to his country. In all of our debates, he never admitted that the war was a mistake." Duyet claims the two were friends, and that he spent off-duty time conversing with McCain.