ProPublica drives key claim against the Trump pick for CIA Director

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The online news site ProPublica, said Thursday night that it had retracted part of the article, claims to be Gina Haspel, President of the Trump new choice to the top of the CIA, was head of the waterboarding of an Al-Qaeda-suspected in the case of a so-called Agency “black site” in Thailand.

“We at ProPublica government to hold officials responsible for their mistakes, and we must equally said in the” responsibility of the editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg, in a statement. “This error was particularly regrettable, because it is an important national debate on the reel and the CIA’s dirty recent history.

“To be able to her, and our readers, we apologize, correct the record and make sure that we do better in the future,” Engelberg added.

Trump announced Tuesday that he had chosen, reel success, Mike Pompeo, who is the president’s pick to replace Secretary of state Rex Tillerson displaced. Several senators, including some Republicans, who have said that the reel need to give a full report of their involvement in the CIA interrogation program in the early days of the war against Terror.

“The current U.S. law is clear in banning enhanced interrogation techniques,” said Arizona Sen. McCain, who was beaten as a prisoner during the Vietnam war. “Each candidate for the Director of the CIA, this prohibition must commit to respect without reservation.”

The original Propublica article, published on Feb. 22 of last year, claims that the reel was the head of the base to the Thailand site, where accused terrorists Abu Zubaydah was interrogated in 2002. Engelberg said that after the original article was published, at least two of the reel’s former colleagues have not told you, that you can take that position “until the end of 2002, after the waterboarding of Zubaydah was coming to an end.”

The original ProPublica article, citing a book written by a former interrogator James Mitchell, claimed reel went Zubaydah cell and “congratulated him on the good quality of his actions.”

“Good Work! I like the way you drool; it adds realism,” the article quotes reel as a matter of course. “I’m already buy it. You would think that a grown man would do.”

However, Mitchell Fox Business Network said on Wednesday that the reel was the head of the base to Zubaydah those comments, and said that she was “the [chief of base] I’m talking” in his book.

In his statement, Engelberg pointed out that the Mitchells identified the book of Thailand-the chief of the base, as “both ‘he’ and you.'”

“We incorrectly assumed that this was an effort to hide the of Mitchell or the Agency, the gender of the single official involved,” he wrote. “[I]t is now clear that Mitchell referred to two different people.”

The New York Times, published a similar story in the ProPublica article on Feb. 2 of last year, reported Tuesday that the reel was the chief of the base, when another Al-Qaida suspect, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was waterboarded three times during the interrogations.

The Thailand prison in December of 2002, and reel back to Washington. Three years later, she has to destroy allegedly pushed their carers, bands Zubaydah’s interrogations. Engelberg, Propublica editor-in-chief, said that his publication “accurately report” on the reel role during the al-Nashiri interrogation and the destruction of the Zubaydah tapes.

The former Director of the CIA, John Brennan has refused to say what the reel, the exact role was in the interrogation program, but he told NBC News on Tuesday that she has “a lot of integrity,” and tried to carry out their Agency duties” to do when asked difficult things in challenging times.”

In the same interview, Brennan would be predicted confirmed reel. “Gina is a very competent specialist, who I think deserves the chance on the seat,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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