CIA to Prez: Don't Release Full Interrogation Report

Material would compromise current intelligence work: agency
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2009 7:22 AM CDT
In this June 25, 2005 file photo, ankle handcuffs are shown locked to the chair and floor in an interrogation room at Camp V, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.    (AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari, file)
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(Newser) – The CIA is pressing the Obama administration not to release the entirety of a 2004 report on the interrogation program, intelligence officials tell the Washington Post. The agency says that publicizing the information would expose current intelligence-gathering methods. The administration pledged to review the report—called the “most definitive account” of interrogations—following an ACLU appeal; any new information that can be released is expected to emerge Friday.

Intelligence officials current and former were mixed on the release. “There is a lot about how the CIA operated the overall program of detention and interrogation—not just about how they used techniques—that would be sensitive and rightly redacted," said a top intelligence official. But some former CIA officials said the material is safe for public consumption and doesn’t contain much we don’t already know.