Wire: Pelosi Says CIA Lied About Waterboarding
Off the Wire:
Changing her story yet again about what she knew and when she knew it, Pelosi acknowledged publicly for the first time today that she was aware that detainees were being waterboarded.
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2009 -- Newswires reported today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused the CIA of misleading Congress about its use of enhanced interrogation techniques used on terror detainees.
"Yes I am saying the CIA was misleading the Congress and at the same time the [Bush] administration was misleading the Congress on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to which I said that this intelligence doesn't support the imminent threat," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference.
Fox News reported that Pelosi, under a barrage of questioning, again adamantly insisted that she was not aware that waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques were being used on terrorism suspects.
"I am telling you they told me they approved these and said they wanted to use them but said they were not using waterboarding," she said.
Growing increasingly frustrated throughout the briefing, Pelosi slowly started backing away from the podium as she tried to end the questioning. As she backed out, she continued to accuse the CIA of not telling Congress that dissenting opinions had been filed within the administration suggesting the methods were not lawful.
Fox News said the CIA immediately disputed Pelosi's accusation, saying the documents describing the particular enhanced interrogation techniques that had been employed are accurate. CIA spokesman George Little noted that CIA Director Leon Panetta made available to the House Intelligence Committee memos from individuals who led the briefings with House members.
"The language in the chart-A description of the particular EITs that had been employed is true to the language in the agency's records," Little said. "The chart I'm referring to is, of course, the list of member briefings on enhanced interrogation techniques."
This is a developing story.
(Report from newswire sources.)
Source: Pelosi Accuses CIA of 'Misleading' Congress on Waterboarding
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