In case you were not paying attention lately, ProPublica published a report back in 2017 that claimed President Trump’s new pick, Gina Haspel respectively, a woman that was recently chosen to become the first female boss of the CIA, was in charge of a clandestine base in Thailand, where she oversaw the torture of Al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Zubaydah. The respective report was widely megaphoned this week by virtually all of the left wing mainstream media, together with an almost identical piece from the failing New York Times.
Nota bene, ProPublica is a news outlet backed by Soros but let that go. However, the claims about Haspel participating in the torture of the Islamic terrorist were dismissed by ProPublica itself, as the news outlet was forced to issue an embarrassing correction:
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.
The original political hit piece was pushed by ProPublica in the aftermath of President Trump promoting Gina Haspel, a 30-year veteran in the agency, to become CIA’s second in command in early February of 2017. What were the sources, you asked? Well, CIA reviewed books that were referring to Haspel as “chief of base”, together with declassified agency cables. That’s all it took. CIA made a statement back in 2017, about ProPublica’s claims via an agency spokesman:
“Nearly every piece of the reporting that you are seeking comment on is incorrect in whole or in part.”
The mainstream media had a field day criticizing Trump for appointing CIA’s first female boss this week, as they ran with the torture narrative.
The narrative is already out there. I doubt that MSNBC and CNN are going to go back and dedicate hours of time to undo the damage that you did. Almost like this was planned and intentional. https://t.co/JRiQUKlsy0
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 15, 2018
Here’s more from ProPublica’s retraction nobody in the MSM cares about:
James Mitchell, the psychologist and CIA contractor who helped to direct the waterboarding of both suspects, said in a broadcast interview on March 14 that Haspel was not the “chief of base” whom he described in his book as making fun of Zubaydah’s suffering.
“That chief of base was not Gina,” Mitchell told Fox Business News. “She’s not the COB I was talking about.”
Mitchell’s book, “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America,” referred to the chief of base in Thailand as both “he” and “she.”
We erroneously assumed that this was an effort by Mitchell or the agency to conceal the gender of the single official involved; it is now clear that Mitchell was referring to two different people.
Maybe someone should bring Rand Paul up to date, and quick. I really don’t get people who still rely on reporting via NYT or Soros backed news outlets.