Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BBC News-US Officials Admit Existence of 9/11 Interrogation Tapes

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Ramzi Binalshibh: AP
(Story reported by BBC News)

US officials have confirmed the existence of videotapes of the 2002 interrogation of an alleged 9/11 plotter, reportedly at a secret prison.

The tapes, which the Associated Press said were found under a CIA desk, are said to show Ramzi Binalshibh at a Moroccan-run jail once used by the CIA.

But a US official downplayed their significance, saying they "show a guy sitting at a desk answering questions".

They are said to be the only recordings from a defunct CIA secret jail network.

The US government has said the CIA destroyed 92 videotapes of interrogations of terror suspects, but the Associated Press reported two videotapes and an audiotape were discovered under a desk in 2007 at an agency office.

A CIA spokesman declined to answer questions about the tapes, but said the agency's "past detention programme has been subject to multiple reviews by multiple government organisations under two administrations".

(click here to read the full story on the BBC News website)

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