4,273. 12/11/2002

“In a speech on Dec. 11 [2002], CIA director George J. Tenet said that interrogations overseas have yielded significant returns recently. He calculated that worldwide efforts to capture or kill terrorists had eliminated about one-third of the al Qaeda leadership. ‘Almost half of our successes against senior al Qaeda members has come in recent months,’ he said.”

 – Dana Priest and Barton Gellman, “U.S. Decries Abuse but Defends Interrogations,” The Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2002

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