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ProPublica retracts story on alleged participation in torture by Trump’s CIA pick Gina Haspel

ProPublica retracts story on alleged participation in torture by Trump’s CIA pick Gina Haspel

Why a year to correct it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWFSGO1-Fr0

After President Donald Trump nominated CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to takeover as director, stories from a year ago circulated about how she was in charge of a secret CIA prison in Thailand that tortured al-Qaeda suspects. The reports contained claims that she even participated.

I even blogged about it, mainly because I was curious how Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others would vote to confirm her due to her supposed past.

After it caught on, ProPublica issued a correction that Haspel did NOT oversee the waterboarding of suspect Abu Zubaydah.

Editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg wrote:

On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel’s role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaida leader who was imprisoned by the CIA at a secret “black site” in Thailand in 2002.

The story said that Haspel, a career CIA officer who President Trump has nominated to be the next director of central intelligence, oversaw the clandestine base where Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding and other coercive interrogation methods that are widely seen as torture. The story also said she mocked the prisoner’s suffering in a private conversation. Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them. It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended.

Here’s the thing. I want to know WHY it took over a year to correct this story. I do not blame Paul for using it as a basis for not supporting her or anyone else who used it to question if she’ll face a tough road to confirmation.

After all, it’s been out there FOR OVER A YEAR. ProPublica said it published the story after Trump nominated Haspel to serve as CIA deputy director. Engelberg explained that after the nomination, “three former government officials told ProPublica that Haspel was chief of base in Thailand at the time of Zubaydah’s waterboarding.”

Haspel faced criticism and backlash last year so why didn’t anyone speak up then? And if they did, why didn’t ProPublica retract the story? I’m sorry, but this is really bothering me that this story remain untouched until now.

Engelberg rightfully points out that at the same time, The New York Times published a story about Haspel’s involvement in the prison and brought it back up this week after Trump’s nomination.

Engelberg said after the stories resurfaced, former colleagues of Haspel came out to defend her and that she did not serve as chief of the base until late 2002 after the conclusion of Zubaydah’s waterboarding.

The prison closed in 2002 and Haspel returned to CIA headquarters at that time.

Dean Boyd, director of the CIA’s office of public affairs, told Engelberg that people have to remember that Haspel “has spent nearly her entire CIA career undercover” and that the majority “of what is in the public domain is inaccurate.”

Engelberg ended with this apology:

None of this in any way excuses our mistakes. We at ProPublica hold government officials responsible for their missteps, and we must be equally accountable. This error was particularly unfortunate because it muddied an important national debate about Haspel and the CIA’s recent history. To her, and to our readers, we can only apologize, correct the record and make certain that we do better in the future.

I still haven’t seen a correction from The New York Times.

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>> “muddied an important national debate about Haspel and the CIA’s recent history.”

Oh, it more than muddled the debate. It was used to frame a completely different topic for debate.

Oh well. This is how our news media functions now. Non-apology apology.

A lie travels around the globe 27 times before the truth can lace up its boots.

As for why this disinformation languished in public for a year before a correction was issued: Leftists care more about narrative pushing an agenda over facts and critical thinking.

It’s just that simple. Did I mention I despise leftists?

Does she have a case for slander? It seems to me that this is an example of what the laws are for.

Haspel faced criticism and backlash last year so why didn’t anyone speak up then?

It’s either the press being oblivious, or the press being tactically outmaneuvered. Neither is particularly unlikely.

Why a year to correct it? – So it will ‘stick.’

THAT is EXACTLY the problem with Sessions: assuming he’s going to take action against the felonies committed by klinton, obama, comey, mccabe, etc., by the time he gets around to it, it will appear as retaliation (and a stunt) by the brainwashed.

Now, if he DOESN’T take action, the message will be clear: if you are a democrat, you can commit crimes in furtherance of our political goals – and, by the way, enjoy your pension!

Sessions is either a GOPe plant to keep a leash on Trump, or he’s way, way behind the curve. In either event, he’s failed the country miserably. He should have stayed a senator.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 16, 2018 at 4:06 pm

So……ProPublica must be the Hillary Clinton’s Depends of non-profits…….

“ProPublica …nonprofit organization based in New York City. It describes itself as a nonprofit newsroom that produces…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ProPublica

Her presence there at the time incorrectly alleged advances the narrative….the truth doesn’t.

I’d love someone to start an online organization that keeps reporters under surveillance and reports on their comings and goings, their peccadilloes, and their private moments. I’ll bet that what’s good for the goose would horrify the gander if they were treated that way.

Fight fire with fire.

“I do not blame Paul for using it as a basis for not supporting her or anyone else who used it to question if she’ll face a tough road to confirmation.”

Rubbish. He is a Senator with a staff. Paul should have checked with the CIA about the veracity of the claims.

I still haven’t seen a correction from The New York Times.

And they won’t until they’ve figured out how to blame their own credulousness and sloppiness on Republicans.

personally, the story being true would make me support her for the new position even more:

i WANT the head of the CIA to be someone who recognizes how nasty and dangerous our enemies are, and who is willing to defend this country will all available tools, rather than setting us up for disaster by being Mr/s Rogers.

we are in a war for survival, and we should fight like it.

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