Pelosi may have lied about torture briefing, report says



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the Bush Administration’s torture techniques in 2002 — even though she’s publicly said she was never told about the use of waterboarding, according to a new report.

ABC News’ Rick Klein revealed Thursday evening that a report from the Director of National Intelligence fingered Pelosi as having been briefed in 2002, even though she denied last month ever having knowledge of the Bush administration’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

“The report, submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee and other Capitol Hill officials Wednesday, appears to contradict Pelosi’s statement last month that she was never told about the use of waterboarding or other special interrogation tactics,” Klein writes. “Instead, she has said, she was told only that the Bush administration had legal opinions that would have supported the use of such techniques.”



The report purportedly focuses on a meeting on Sept. 4, 2002, between US intelligence officials and Pelosi, then Minority Leader, then-House intelligence committee chairman Porter Goss (who later became CIA director) and two aides. Pelosi was, at the time, the ranking member on the intelligence committee.

“The meeting is described as a “Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of particular EITs that had been employed,” — with EIT referring to “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Last month, Pelosi denied having been told of the techniques or waterboarding.

“In that or any other briefing,” she said, “we were not, and I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used,” Pelosi said at a news conference in April. “What they did tell us is that they had some legislative counsel . . . opinions that they could be used, but not that they would.”

Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said Pelosi didn’t remember the meeting as it was described in the report.

“The briefers described these techniques, said they were legal, but said that waterboarding had not yet been used,” Daly told ABC. He said “the report backs up Pelosi’s contention that she was briefed only once on “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

“As this document shows, the speaker was briefed only once, in September 2002,” Daly said.


One Response to “Pelosi may have lied about torture briefing, report says”

  1. drmyers Says:

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