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White House, CIA lawyers angry at tape destruction

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House counsel Harriet Miers was "livid." CIA counsel John Rizzo was "clearly upset."

That's how newly released CIA documents describe the reaction Bush White House officials had when they learned the spy agency destroyed videos of their interrogators waterboarding a prisoner in 2005.

The videos showed CIA interrogators using the simulated drowning technique on terrorism suspect Abu Zubaydah. According to the documents, the videos showed that interrogators did not follow the waterboarding procedures authorized by President George W. Bush's administration.

The internal CIA e-mails were released by the Justice Department under the Freedom of Information Act at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The e-mails foreshadow a controversy that has lingered at the agency for years and remains the subject of a Justice Department investigation.


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