August 29, 2009 Categories: Newspapers
The Washington Post leads today with an extraordinary story cutting against the conclusions of a series of recent government and media reports to cast as straight news — with a few hedges and qualifications — that waterboarding and sleep deprivation worked like a charm to turn Kalid Sheik Mohammed from an enemy into an "asset."
Torture foes have argued that Mohammed was eager to tell his story and had, in fact, revealed many of his "secrets" in an Al Jazeera interview before his capture. This story seems to channel the CIA's pushback against, particularly, Attorney General Eric Holder.
Cheney biographer Stephen Hayes noted the story this morning on the blog of The Weekly Standard.
"Is the mainstream media coming around?" he asked.
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