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CIA cables detail probe at base run by CIA director


Washington: Newly declassified documents graphically describe how an accused Al Qaeda operative was stripped naked, repeatedly slammed against walls, waterboarded and confined in boxes for hours at a covert detention site that CIA Director Gina Haspel briefly oversaw after 9/11.

The harsh treatment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri’s detention at the secret lockup in Thailand arose at Haspel’s Senate confirmation, but there are new details in the documents released on Friday by the nonprofit National Security Archive.

Al-Nashiri is an accused in the bombing of a US Navy ship, killing 17 sailors in 2000. Al-Nashiri was “left strapped to the waterboard” for 20 minutes so he could “contemplate his fate.” Afterward, interrogators put a hood over his head and left him “moaning, shaking and asking God to help him.”

Meanwhile, President Trump is spending summer vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. Wait, don’t call it “vacation”. Trump, who is loath to admit to sleep­ing, let alone taking time off, has spent his week away mixing downtime and golf rounds with meets and dinners, intent on projecting the image that he’s been hard at work.

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