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Panetta Admits That CIA Used the Information from Waterboarding to Capture Osama Bin Laden

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that some  of the information that was used to locate and kill Osama bin Laden was attained  using torture.

The admission comes after months of  speculation about the role that waterboarding plays in CIA interrogations  following its graphic depiction in the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.

‘In order to put the puzzle of intelligence  together that led us to Bin Laden, there were a lot of pieces out there that  were a part of that puzzle. Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that  were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used,’ Panetta said  Sunday during an appearance on Meet The Press.

‘But the fact is we put together most of that  intelligence without having to resort to that.

‘First of all, it’s a movie, let’s remember  that. I lived the real story with the Bin Laden operation.’

This is not the first time that Panetta, who  is portrayed by James Gondolfini in the controversial film, has admitted that  American investigators were aided by the information gathered using torture.  

Even in the months prior to the release of  the film in December, many were raising concerns about the graphic torture scene  that takes up much of the first fifteen minutes of the movie.

Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate  Intelligence Committee, says that the interrogation of Bin Laden’s courier, who  then led U.S. military teams to the Al Qaeda leader’s compound, did not involve  any waterboarding.

That particular questioning session was key  to the case, as American authorities then trailed the courier who lead them to  Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, but Feinstein told The New Yorker that  waterboarding was not used during the interrogation of the man.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter  Mark Boal counter her claim without giving any specific details, saying that the  film is based fully on first-hand accounts of the years of investigations.

Their response to Feinstein’s claims,  however, gave a bit more room for creative license.

‘It’s a movie, not a documentary,’ Boal told  The New Yorker.

Source: The Daily Mail

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