The CIA destroyed video of suspected terrorists being subjected to waterboarding and other coercive techniques in order to prevent the video from falling into the hands of the news media, published reports said today (Friday). In a statement sent to CIA employees on Thursday, director Michael Hayden said that had the videos been published or broadcast, they would have permitted "identification of your CIA colleagues who had served in the program, exposing them and their families to retaliation from al-Qaida and its sympathizers." Britain's Guardian newspaper said that Hayden's message was dispatched after he learned that the New York Times planned to report today on the videotapes' destruction. The Washington Post also reported on the matter today.
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