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CIA documents show CIA director involved in destruction of torture tapes
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times

New York Times, April 16, 2010
Posted: April 19th, 2010

Porter J. Goss, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2005 approved of the decision by one of his top aides to destroy dozens of videotapes documenting the brutal interrogation of two detainees, according to an internal C.I.A. document released [on April 15]. Shortly after the tapes were destroyed at the order of Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., then the head of the C.I.A.s clandestine service, Mr. Goss told Mr. Rodriguez that he agreed with the decision, according to the document. He even joked after Mr. Rodriguez offered to take the heat for destroying the tapes. PG laughed and said that actually, it would be he, PG, who would take the heat, according to one document. A number of documents released Thursday provide the most detailed glimpse yet of the deliberations inside the C.I.A. surrounding the destroyed tapes, and of the concern among officials at the spy agency that the decision might put the C.I.A. in legal jeopardy. The documents detailing those deliberations, including two e-mail messages from a C.I.A. official whose name has been excised, were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. According to one of the e-mail messages released Thursday, Mr. Rodriguez told Mr. Goss that the tapes ... would make the C.I.A. look terrible; it would be devastating to us.

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