May 14th, 2009
01:33 PM ET
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Pelosi accuses CIA of misleading her on use of waterboarding

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques.’

(CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused CIA officials Thursday of misleading her in 2002 about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning and has been described by critics as torture.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Pelosi reiterated an earlier claim that she was briefed on such techniques only once - in September 2002 - and that she was told at the time that the techniques were not being used.

A recently released Justice Department memo says that the CIA used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002 in the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al Qaeda leader imprisoned at U.S. facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

What did Pelosi know, and when? CNN Radio reports.


Pelosi said that one month later, she was told only that the Justice Department had concluded that such techniques were legal, not that they were being used.

"That's the only mention, that they were not using it. And we now know that earlier, they were," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference.

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