Investigation Underway Concerning Tapes Destroyed By CIA in 2005
A Justice Department special counsel, appointed by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey of the Bush administration in December 2007, is investigating the destruction of hundreds of hours of videotape of the waterboarding of two so called high value Al Qaeda suspects in 2005, upon the orders of then CIA chief of Operations Directorate, Jose Rodriguez, according to Newsweek magazine.
From the Newsweek article:
In recent weeks, prosecutor John Durham has summoned CIA operatives back from overseas to testify before a federal grand jury, according to three legal sources familiar with the case who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters. The sources said Durham is also seeking testimony from agency lawyers who gave advice relating to the November 2005 decision by Jose Rodriguez, then chief of the CIA's operations directorate, to destroy the tapes. The flurry of activity has surprised some lawyers on the case who had assumed Durham was planning to wind down his probe without bringing charges. Now they're not so sure. Durham, who declined to comment, might simply be tying up loose ends in a closely watched case. But one continuing point of inquiry could spell trouble for the agency: allegations that CIA officials may have made false statements or obstructed justice in the case of convicted Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.
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