Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that someÂ of the information that was used to locate and kill Osama bin Laden was attainedÂ using torture.
The admission comes after months ofÂ speculation about the role that waterboarding plays in CIA interrogationsÂ following its graphic depiction in the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.
‘In order to put the puzzle of intelligenceÂ together that led us to Bin Laden, there were a lot of pieces out there thatÂ were a part of that puzzle. Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics thatÂ were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used,’ Panetta saidÂ Sunday during an appearance on Meet The Press.
‘But the fact is we put together most of thatÂ intelligence without having to resort to that.
This is not the first time that Panetta, whoÂ is portrayed by James Gondolfini in the controversial film, has admitted thatÂ American investigators were aided by the information gathered using torture.Â Â
Even in the months prior to the release ofÂ the film in December, many were raising concerns about the graphic torture sceneÂ that takes up much of the first fifteen minutes of the movie.
Dianne Feinstein, the head of the SenateÂ Intelligence Committee, says that the interrogation of Bin Laden’s courier, whoÂ then led U.S. military teams to the Al Qaeda leader’s compound, did not involveÂ any waterboarding.
That particular questioning session was keyÂ to the case, as American authorities then trailed the courier who lead them toÂ Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, but Feinstein told The New Yorker thatÂ waterboarding was not used during the interrogation of the man.
Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriterÂ Mark Boal counter her claim without giving any specific details, saying that theÂ film is based fully on first-hand accounts of the years of investigations.
Their response to Feinstein’s claims,Â however, gave a bit more room for creative license.
‘It’s a movie, not a documentary,’ Boal toldÂ The New Yorker.
Source: The Daily Mail