Widely Reported Haspel CIA Torture Claim Was Fake News; Retracted By ProPublica

Virtually the entire media complex megaphoned a 2017 report by Soros-backed news outlet ProPublica, and to a lesser extent a similar report in the New York Times, claiming that Trump's new pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, oversaw a "clandestine base" in Thailand where she participated in, and mocked the torture of suspected al-Qaida leader Abu Zubaydah. 

The claims were retracted by ProPublica in an embarrassing correction

On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel’s role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaida leader who was imprisoned by the CIA at a secret “black site” in Thailand in 2002.

The story said that Haspel, a career CIA officer who President Trump has nominated to be the next director of central intelligence, oversaw the clandestine base where Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding and other coercive interrogation methods that are widely seen as torture. The story also said she mocked the prisoner’s suffering in a private conversation. Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them. It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended.

Of note, the ProPublica article was published right after the Trump administration promoted Haspel to the CIA's #2 job in early February, 2017 in what appears to be nothing more than a political hit piece.

ProPublica's conclusion was drawn from "declassified agency cables" and CIA-reviewed books which referred to Haspel "chief of base." The name of the official was redacted, as well as an online post from former CIA counterterrorism officer, John Kiriakous, who wrote "It was Haspel who oversaw the staff" at the Thai prison. 

That's it. Redacted cables and a book which did not state the name of the base chief, and an online post by a CIA counterterrorism officer saying it was Haspel is all it took to smear a woman placed in a top position within the CIA - weeks after the Trump administration gave the 30-year veteran the promotion. 

The first clue that something was off in the report was the CIA's statement to ProPublica for the original 2017 report in which an agency spokesperson said “Nearly every piece of the reporting that you are seeking comment on is incorrect in whole or in part.”

While Haspel - according to former colleagues, did run the Thai base - the New York Times published a recent piece placing her arrival in late 2002, after the waterboarding of Zubaydah. 

And while the MSM glazed over the fact that Trump appointed the CIA's first female director this week, the media ran with the torture narrative - hard. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) even demanded that the CIA declassify documents detailing Haspel's ties to the torture program.

Abu Zubaydah's lawyer, Joseph Margulies, penned an angry op-ed in TIME. "In short, all we know for sure is that Haspel was in charge of a site where torture took place," Marguiles wrote. "And make no mistake: it was torture."

ProPublica's retraction continues: 

James Mitchell, the psychologist and CIA contractor who helped to direct the waterboarding of both suspects, said in a broadcast interview on March 14 that Haspel was not the “chief of base” whom he described in his book as making fun of Zubaydah’s suffering.

“That chief of base was not Gina,” Mitchell told Fox Business News. “She’s not the COB I was talking about.”

Mitchell’s book, “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America,” referred to the chief of base in Thailand as both “he” and “she.”

We erroneously assumed that this was an effort by Mitchell or the agency to conceal the gender of the single official involved; it is now clear that Mitchell was referring to two different people.

So in an effort to smear a Trump appointee that the MSM would be fawning over if Obama had appointed the first woman to lead the CIA, the entire mainstream media complex and Dianne Feinstein relied on a report from a Soros-backed news outlet and the New York Times, which both published hit pieces right after the Trump administration promoted her the first time, and were both wrong. 

That said, the correction doesn't completely excuse Haspel from her involvement in the program, as she still reportedly ran the base at which "enhanced interrogations" occurred, and advised her boss to shred 92 tapes of Zubaydah's waterboarding, which he did. It also doesn't take away from arguments against enhanced interrogations in general. 

The CIA's office of public affairs, meanwhile, praised Haspel's service. 

Dean Boyd, director of the CIA’s office of public affairs, praised Haspel’s 30 years of public service and said Thursday in a statement that her qualifications and capabilities would be evident in the hearing process.

“It is important to note that she has spent nearly her entire CIA career undercover,” Boyd said. “Much of what is in the public domain about her is inaccurate. We are pleased that ProPublica is willing to acknowledge its mistakes and correct the record regarding its claims about Ms. Haspel.”



DownWithYogaPants Gazooks Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:34 Permalink

"Nearly every piece of the reporting that you are seeking comment on is incorrect in whole or in part." -The CIA

huh?  The CIA controls anybody who is big in the media.  So the CIA feed incorrect information to the media.  I assume the quote above came through the media so it is incorrect.  Thus the statement is correct but then it must be incorrect.  If it is incorrect it must be correct.

Take this advice from me:  I always lie!

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AGuy DownWithYogaPants Sat, 03/17/2018 - 15:11 Permalink

Wind down? Are you kidding?

U.S.-Backed Coalition in Syria Strikes Pro-Assad Forces

US Deploys Warships For Imminent Attack On Syria, Trains Militants For False Flag Attack

Then there is IRAN. and the Trumps approval for KSA to buy $100's of Billions in US Miltary equipment.

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Conscious Reviver Flamin Rhoid Fri, 03/16/2018 - 22:09 Permalink

Wrong Flamin' Rhoid. 

"People don't choose their physical appearance.For God's sake."

When you are born, of course. But by the time you are pushing 50 or whatever she is, your life choices, made over decades have a lot to do with how you look. Obvious and true, common sense 

Do you live in a box? Do you work for the government? Did you sell your soul to the devil?

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whatswhat1@yahoo.com ATM Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:47 Permalink

Tell me something I don't know.  How long did those relationships last?  Let me guess. Three minutes.  If you were stupid enough to marry a red head, you'd have been on suicide watch for as long as the relationship lasted.  The borderline personality disorder manifests in a number of ways.  As you have stated, one of the manifestations is sex addiction.  Why, you ask?  The "Rolling Stones" spelled it out; "I can't get no, satisfaction...and I try, and I try, try, try, try, try, try, ...."

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Bone-Machine commiebastid Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:56 Permalink

Rule of thumb: use cunt if you're looking for evil.

I've been around some bad hombres in my time, multiple murderers, child molesters, sadistic child murderers, but none of them can hold a candle to the psycho bitches who crossed my path.

For example, take my ex-wife.  Scared the shit out of me.  She was in a psychotic episode one night and I swear her right eyebrow almost touched her hairline.

I zip tied my bedroom door shut that night.  She once told me that she contemplated poisoning me.

Bone's no angel but Bone never did anything to deserve that kind of treatment.

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GreatUncle NoDebt Sat, 03/17/2018 - 07:45 Permalink

They attempted to smear and defame Trump on every turn to block him from becoming president.

Hey ... I am all for her running the CIA if the deep state itself feels the need to destroy her.

Maybe there is hope left when there are people that can be elected to a position the rest all hate.

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J S Bach Looney Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:33 Permalink

During the hearings for her confirmation, she should be water-boarded while being asked whether or not she approved of torture.

I'm sure the truth would come out using such trustworthy techniques.

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New_Meat J S Bach Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:46 Permalink

Bach, you do realize that naval aviators and SEALz get waterboarded in e.g. SERE training.


Not torture.

And yes, even your sainted John McCain (who you love) says that all truth comes out during torture.  He wrote it down in his autobiography.  He might have been misquoted there, but that is what he wrote.

There might be a lie or a mis-statement, but if there is time it all gets corrected.

There is even a Russian author who explains this, as you well know.

- Ned

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serotonindumptruck New_Meat Fri, 03/16/2018 - 21:02 Permalink

Why are you being downvoted for this fact.

ALL special forces training involves simulated torture.

McCain submitted after ridiculously low-level interrogation methods by the Viet Cong, and spilled the beans on everyone and anything. (he bawled like a little baby when his pinky finger nail was tugged on with a pair of pliers)

Now he's a supposed war hero who represents the American people.

His father (Admiral McCain) facilitated the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty by the Israeli military.

John McCain III is a traitor to his nation.

Instead he is heralded as some kind of hero.

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Chupacabra-322 serotonindumptruck Fri, 03/16/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

How the Fuck do you use “Simulated & Torute” in the same sentence.  How the Fuck do you connect those two.  Fucking mind fuck idiots like yourselves that give a free pass the War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity by using semantics.

Hey fine.  If Gas Lighting yourself makes you feel better & sleep at night.  Have at it.  Your not fooling anyone.  Just yourself.  

Enjoy the boot in your Face.

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J S Bach New_Meat Fri, 03/16/2018 - 21:22 Permalink

Your avatar isn't very kosher, New Meat.

The idea which you posit that I "love" John McCain proves to me that you are delusional.

Most people will confess to ANYTHING under the duress of torture.  So, McTraitor's claims are - as usual - false.

My point with Madame Gina Defarge is merely to prove how easily she would succumb to the truth about torture and its baleful consequences were she subjected to it.

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New_Meat J S Bach Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:56 Permalink

you nor I know nothing about how she or others would react.

There is "confess" and there is "reveal facts".  Knowing that everyone breaks, the Code of Conduct says basically "resist as long as you can" with the point of letting any useful information become overcome by events.

I might have been a teensy bit provocative about your evident love of McCain, but then again, you bring in "kosher."  Where's that from?

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