Gina Haspel, C.I.A. Deputy Director, Had Leading Role in Torture

The C.I.A.’s first overseas detention site was in Thailand. It was run by Ms. Haspel, who oversaw the brutal interrogations of two detainees, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.


Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, has said that waterboarding is not torture and praised as “patriots” those who used such methods in the early days of the fight against Al Qaeda.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Mr. Zubaydah alone was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, had his head repeatedly slammed into walls and endured other harsh methods before interrogators decided he had no useful information to provide.

The sessions were videotaped and the recordings stored in a safe at the…

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