National Security Archive Sues CIA for Gina Haspel Torture Cables

“Expedited processing is clearly warranted in this instance, as Gina Haspel’s Senate confirmation hearing for CIA Director is slated for May 9.”

The National Security Archive

“My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina!”

US President Donald Trump (May 7 2018)

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2018 – The National Security Archive filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the CIA in federal district court in Washington. The case seeks 12 specific cables from November and December 2002 that were authored or authorized by Gina Haspel, the acting director of the CIA. The cables describe the torture of a CIA detainee under her supervision. On Friday (May 4 2018), those who oppose the confirmation of Gina Haspel almost got their wish as she indicated to White House staff her interest in withdrawing, reportedly fearing the Senate questioning could damage her reputation and the CIA’s. It was not until Saturday afternoon that Ms Haspel decided to remain the nominee. According to the Washington Post, some advisers have told Mr Trump that her confirmation is unlikely. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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The National Security Archive filed a FOIA request with the CIA for the 12 cables on April 16, 2018. The National Security Archive FOIA sought expedited processing, which must be granted to requests with a “compelling need… made by a person primarily engaged in dissemination of information [with] urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity.”

“Expedited processing is clearly warranted in this instance, as Gina Haspel’s Senate confirmation hearing for CIA director is slated for May 9.

The CIA denied the Archive’s request for expedited processing, arguing that the request was not “made by a person primarily engaged in dissemination of information.

In the same letter, the CIA granted the National Security Archive ‘news media fee status.’

The 12 cables were identified by National Security Archive staff in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, declassified in 2014.

The cable numbers correspond to the time period Al Qaeda suspect Abd al Rahim al Nashiri (who was captured in Dubai) spent in a CIA black site prison in Thailand where he was waterboarded three times.

New York Times and Pro Publica reporting confirms that Haspel was the chief of base of the black site when Nashiri arrived and immediately underwent torture.” [The National Security Archive]

Gina Haspel Will Not Withdraw Her Nomination For CIA Director

Nominee for Director of the CIA Gina Haspel tells NBC News National Security Analyst Jeremy Bash she is going “full steam ahead” with her nomination and will not be withdrawing from consideration.

That comment followed reports that she had sought to withdraw her nomination due to worries about her past involvement in enhanced interrogations.

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National Security Archive Sues CIA for Gina Haspel Torture Cables  — The National Security Archive

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National Security Archive Sues CIA for Gina Haspel Torture Cables

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