House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing increasing pressure to reveal the extent of her knowledge of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the former administration as evidence has come to light she may have been aware of their implementation.
When the issue of the use of waterboarding and other controversial techniques to interrogate terrorism suspects first surfaced, Pelosi said she did not know about it.
However, GOP officials produced an unclassified CIA document which suggested Pelosi attended a briefing session in September 2002 on the issue when she was a member of the House Intelligence Committee, according to the Associated Press.
In response, the Speaker said the CIA had informed her techniques such as waterboarding had been deemed legal but were not actively implemented.
Her statements have been widely interpreted as suggesting the intelligence agency misled her.
The CIA, however, seems to reject this suggestion, with the agency’s spokesman George Little saying, "It is not the policy of this agency to mislead the United States Congress."
A recently released Justice Department memo says the CIA used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002 in the interrogation of a suspected al Qaeda leader imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.