The newly appointed deputy director of the CIA ran a black site in 2002, and signed an order to destroy tapes of the interrogations, according to the New York Times.

Gina Haspel served as a clandestine officer with direct role in the agency’s extraordinary rendition programme, according to the newspaper:

“The C.I.A.’s first overseas detention site was in Thailand. It was run by Ms. Haspel, who oversaw the brutal interrogations of two detainees, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.”

“The sessions were videotaped and the recordings stored in a safe at the C.I.A. station in Thailand until 2005, when they were ordered destroyed. By then, Ms. Haspel was serving at C.I.A. headquarters, and it was her name that was on the cable carrying the destruction orders.”

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