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Psychologist defends harsh CIA interrogations

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 10 2014 Dec 10, 2014 December 10, 2014 10:19 AM December 10, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Ken Dilanian

WASHINGTON - One of the two psychologists integral to designing the CIA's post-Sept. 11 program of brutal interrogations is defending the treatment of al-Qaida detainees and disputing a critical Senate report.

James E. Mitchell is identified in the report by a pseudonym, Grayson Swigert.

Mitchell says a secrecy agreement prevents him from confirming his involvement or fully defending himself.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the program confirms that Mitchell is Swigert. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss information that has not been publicly released.

Mitchell tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his Florida that the Senate Intelligence Committee's report cherry-picks evidence to present a false narrative.

The Senate report says a company that the psychologists ran was paid $81 million by the CIA.

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