CIA torture `violated democratic values`, says Germany

Germany said Wednesday the CIA torture detailed in a US Senate report was "a gross violation of our liberal, democratic values" that must never happen again and "a serious mistake".

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014, 20:53 PM IST

Berlin: Germany said Wednesday the CIA torture detailed in a US Senate report was "a gross violation of our liberal, democratic values" that must never happen again and "a serious mistake".

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the administration of US President Barack Obama for declassifying the information, calling it a transparent move that marked a clear break with his predecessor George W. Bush.

"What was then considered right and done in the fight against Islamist terrorism was unacceptable and a serious mistake," said Steinmeier, a centre-left Social Democrat.

"Such a gross violation of our liberal, democratic values must not happen again," he was quoted as telling the Thursday edition of the top-selling Bild newspaper.

"President Obama has made a clear break with the policies of his predecessor. Washington`s new openness in admitting mistakes and promising publicly that something like this will never happen again are an important step which we welcome."

The US Senate said in a report that CIA torture of Al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged and failed to produce useful intelligence. The United Nations said the programme violated international law and basic human rights.