President Trump has appointed Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel as Head of the Agency. (AP / AP)
The Central Intelligence Agency took the unusual step on Friday to unveil and release a memo that has freed Gina Haspel from any misconduct in drawing up a command to destroy videotaping brutal interrogation methods has launched a larger campaign, to rehabilitate their image and support Congressional support for their offer to become director of the agency.
The memo, written by former CIA deputy director Michael Morell in 2011, is the result of a disciplinary review in which he found "no" guilty of the performance of Mrs. Haspel "- especially because she sent the telegram" on direct order
"It was not their decision to destroy the tapes," Morell wrote the released document released by the CIA on Friday to requests from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee
But Senators CIA calls for declassifying documents related to hasp ls records of techniques often referred to as torture and the order to destroy evidence have been upset by a "selective" response to their demands.
"It is totally unacceptable for the CIA, only for Gina Haspel to declassify cheap materials, while at the same time making our best efforts to document all declassifying their participation in the torture program, "said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in a statement that responded to the publication of the edited memorandum. "The CIA has not appeared … Senators and the public need to know more about their records."
Widespread concern over Cuba's role in the CIA's interrogation program led Senators of both parties to keep their records and their suitability as Director of the Agency Ask a question. With Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Already formally obliged to stand against its nomination and Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) – the reel has grilled itself for answers to their record – away from Washington treating brain tumor, Reel must secure the support of at least one Senate Democrat to win the nomination. No one has yet stepped forward.
Haspel is facing a confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 9 – and their performance during grilling may be crucial to determining if it can be confirmed. The release of the memo is part of a broader PR campaign that started in the run-up to this hearing – and this has made some CIA veterans uneasy.
A former official said the timing revealed the extent to which the CIA is notorious. Refusing public records – may work if it serves the agency's political interests.
"The date of its publication invalidates this document," said the former official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, to discuss the delicate matter. "That's where it comes out now … it seems like it's being released in a self-serving effort to help one of them get into the directorship."
The memo states that Reel "acted appropriately," When he wrote the instructions to draft the memo, Morell stated "there is no" good military defense "at the CIA, the Justice Department had investigated the cable and decided not to file an indictment.
This defense will be senators, not just reels Questioning records is unlikely to do justice to them, but also personally supports the use of improved interrogation methods and the destruction of videotapes Several reports confirm this
"Unfortunately, Morell's report is very incomplete and raises many more questions about Mrs. Haspel when she answers, "Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said in a statement, adding," My concerns about Ms. Reel are much further than this episode or anything else that has appeared in the press. "
The Morell memo does not deal with questions about Haspel's involvement in brutal interrogation methods at She oversaw the plant in Thailand. However, the memo points out that tape reelection was generally supported by the CIA at the time the rewinder drafted the 2005 memorandum, as officials continue to be severely affected by the 2004 scandal in the Abu Ghraib prison
Morell's review revealed that Haspel's supervisor at the CIA, who ordered her to design the cable, was the then director of National Intelligence, Jose Rodriguez, worried that the tapes would leak or be released and that jeopardizing their pictured agents could damage the reputation of the CIA and "significantly worsen our operational capabilities."
Rodríguez was reprimanded for his acts because, as Morell wrote, he spent the cable with the destruction of the tapes without his direct permission, then – director Porter Goss. He received no further punishment because Morell realized that Rodriguez had done what he considered to be CIA agents and believed that his actions were legal.
Greg Miller contributed to this report.