Peter Bohan – Editor to Editor: A painful look at the dark side

08 Jun 2015


If you found yourself compelled to read through the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture of detainees last December, you were no doubt struck by the hundreds of blacked-out redactions made in the 525-page summary. The rest of the 6,600 page report remains classified. It contained plenty of evidence of torture by the CIA – enough to make you wonder just how bad the rest of the report could be.


On Tuesday, Reuters reporter David Rohde drew back the veil a bit. His special report put a human face on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” — Majid Khan, a 35-year old Guantanamo Bay detainee turned government witness now awaiting sentencing for conspiracy, murder and spying charges. The story marks the first publicly released account from a top al Qaeda detainee of CIA’s interrogation techniques.

“Khan’s detailed allegations of torture could not be independently confirmed. CIA officials have said they believed Khan repeatedly lied to them during interrogations,” writes Rohde.

Still, the story — based on 27 pages of interview notes, compiled by Khan’s lawyers over seven years, that were cleared for release by the U.S. government last month — paints a picture of sexual abuse and other forms of torture beyond what was disclosed in the Senate panel’s summary. So we invite you to take a look.

Exclusive: Detainee alleges CIA sexual abuse, torture beyond Senate findings

Rohde’s own experience as a captive informs his reporting. He was kidnapped in Afghanistan by the Taliban in November 2008 and held 8 months before escaping.

Peter Bohan
Executive Director
Reuters America Service