Ex-CIA Official: Pelosi, Dems 'Fully Aware' of CIA's Interrogation Methods
On "Fox News Sunday" today, Chris Wallace spoke to Jose Rodriguez, the former director of the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, who oversaw the agency's interrogation program.
Rodriguez said that the CIA's controversial enhanced interrogation techniques that appear the Senate Intelligence Committee's "torture report" were both legal and approved by the Justice Department.
He added that thorough investigations of the CIA's program were conducted and no prosecutable offenses were found.
"No one tortured anybody else," Rodriguez said.
As for the report's conclusion that the CIA misled Congress, Rodriguez said that he very clearly remembers briefing Nancy Pelosi in September 2002.
"We briefed her specifically on the enhanced interrogation techniques on Abu Zubaydah, so she knew back in September 2002 every one of our enhanced interrogation techniques," Rodriguez said, noting that included waterboarding, sleep deprivation and more.
"These people were fully aware of all of the techniques that were given to us and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice [Department]," Rodriguez stated.
He said that Pelosi never objected to the techniques "at all," and the only person who ever objected was Jane Harman in 2003.
When Wallace asked Rodriguez about the dozens of videotapes of Abu Zubaydah's interrogation he destroyed, Rodriguez said that he did that to protect the identities of his people on those tapes.
He explained that he knew the tapes would eventually be leaked, and he wanted to ensure that Al Qaeda never could come after the CIA agents who interrogated Abu Zubaydah and others.
Rodriguez reiterated that the release of this report throws the CIA under the bus and makes the agency's job more difficult and dangerous to do.
"This is a serious problem for us and the intelligence community, and we're going to pay the price for this."
Watch more above and see Karl Rove and Sen. Whitehouse weigh in on the necessity of the CIA's interrogation techniques in the "Fox News Sunday" clip below.