CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding
That's the headline of an article by Jeff Stein at Foreign Policy.
Well, it's official now: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn't know what he was talking about.With that admission, claims that waterboarding works sort of evanesce.
"I wasn't there when the interrogation took place; instead, I relied on what I'd heard and read inside the agency at the time."
In a word, it was hearsay, water-cooler talk.
Imagine my surprise.