Ex-CIA agent alleges waterboarding took place before authorization memos Andrew Morgan at 11:31 AM ET
[JURIST] A former CIA counter-terrorism agent alleges that top al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was waterboarded [JURIST news archive] prior to the issuance of legal memos [JURIST report] justifying the practice, the BBC reported [text] Monday. John Kiriakou, who was part of the CIA team that captured Zubaydah in Pakistan, said that the detainee was subject to the controversial interrogation technique prior to the August 2002 issuance of legal guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel [official website]. Kiriakou claims that former US President George W. Bush [official profile] had approved the technique in writing before the memos were authored. Kiriakou transferred out of the counter-terrorism section in July 2002.
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