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trump’s nominee to lead cia supervised torture of mistakenly identified subject, then destroyed evidence

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trump’s nominee to lead cia supervised torture of mistakenly identified subject, then destroyed evidence

rex tillerson has been fired as secretary of state; cia director mike pompeo has been nominated to replace him. donald trump’s nominee to replace pompeo at the cia is gina haspel, who had been the agency’s deputy director. in 2002, haspel was present, in a supervising role, at a “black site” in thailand where an individual named abu zubaydah—believed to be a top al-qaida official—was tortured. zubaydah was waterboarded, slammed against a wall, and confined in a “coffin-like” box. as propublica reported in 2017, though, “cia analysts were wrong when they had identified zubaydah as the number three or four in al-qaida after osama bin laden. the waterboarding failed to elicit valuable intelligence not because he was hol...