Graham: CIA Didn't Tell Me About Waterboarding

Ex-senator's stance may help Pelosi
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 6:58 PM CDT
Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham in 2008.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

(Newser) – This could help Nancy Pelosi's case: Bob Graham, former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tells the Huffington Post and Plum Line that the CIA never told him about waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques in a 2002 briefing. Graham, a Democrat, also criticized the agency's records as "suspect." He recently asked the CIA how many times he'd been briefed on interrogations and was told four. When that didn't jibe with his personal records, the CIA agreed and said he was briefed just once.

“I do not have any recollection of being briefed on waterboarding or other forms of extraordinary interrogation techniques,” Graham told Plum Line. “Something as unexpected and dramatic as that would be the kind of thing that you would normally expect to recall even years later,” he said. His comments contradict a CIA timeline about the briefings to top lawmakers.