Panetta admits ‘use of torture’ in Osama hunt
London: Outgoing US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has admitted that torture was used to ‘put together the puzzle’ that led the American military to Osama bin Laden`s compound in Pakistan.
``Zero Dark Thirty’, Kathyrn Bigelow`s Oscar-nominated film has sparked a furious debate by implying that torturous interrogation tactics such as water boarding were used for gathering information that led to the raid.
During an interview with NBC, Panetta, when asked if the implication was accurate, initially played down the suggestion.
But then he seemed to acknowledge that torture was in fact used, the Independent reports.
According to the report, he said that ‘the real story is that in order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to bin Laden, there was a lot of intelligence... Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used.’
He said that ‘without having to resort to those sorts of interrogation techniques, they could not have got bin Laden’.
According to the paper, the response was similar to what he said in a private letter to Senator John McCain in 2011, days after the raid.
In the letter, Panetta explained that "nearly 10 years" of intelligence work had led the CIA to conclude that bin Laden was hiding in the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was eventually killed.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Over 60 cadets killed in Pakistan police academy attack
- DNA: Exclusive report on the extreme sacrifices made by ITBP soldiers
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi's ''progressive'' remark on triple talaq
- DNA: Terrorists' new strategy of snatching weapons from Indian security personnel
- Panel discussion over delayed development in Ayodhya
- Explosion in Delhi's Naya Bazar, one killed; anti-terror wing, Special cell at spot
- This is why Cyrus Mistry was removed as Chairman of Tata Sons!
- WATCH: Akhilesh Yadav's emotional speech revealing the real reason behind Samajwadi Party crisis; he was about to cry
- Read letters by Ratan Tata to PM Narendra Modi and Group employees after Cyrus Mistry's ouster
- Prompt action on border pushes Pak to offer olive branch, says both sides need to 'formalise' 2003 ceasefire