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Publisher Trolls Trump's CIA Pick Gina Haspel By Offering Free E-Book Of Intel Committee's Torture Report

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

After the nomination of Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligece Agency (CIA), an independent publisher, Melville House, has offered a free e-book of the Senate report on torture.

There have been conflicting reports on the role Haspel played in the torture of terrorist suspects at a CIA “black site” prison in Thailand in 2002. The New York Times, and ProPublica reported she is responsible for the excessive waterboarding and loss of an eye for prisoner, Abu Zubaydah. 

ProPublica has since printed a partial retraction, claiming that Haspel was not in charge at the Thailand prison in 2002. However, the publication did go on to point out:

 The February 2017 ProPublica story did accurately report that Haspel later rose to a senior position at CIA headquarters, where she pushed her bosses to destroy the tapes of Zubaydah’s waterboarding. Her direct boss, the head of the agency’s Counterterrorism Center, ultimately signed the order to feed the 92 tapes into a shredder. Her actions in that instance, and in the waterboarding of al-Nashiri, are likely to be the focus of questions at her confirmation hearings.