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First strands on bin Laden's whereabouts were gathered in CIA prisons

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say CIA interrogators in secret
overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that
ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,
provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden's most trusted
aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed's successor,
Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation
tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.
The news is sure to reignite debate over whether the now-closed
interrogation and detention program was successful. Former
president George W. Bush authorized the CIA to use the harshest
interrogation tactics in U.S. history. President Barack Obama
closed the prison system.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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