Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a former al-Qaida terrorist and alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, requested permission to share information about Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA.
One of Mohammed’s attorneys sought permission from a Guantanamo Bay judge to share “six paragraphs” about Haspel with the Senate Intelligence Committee, The New York Times reported.
Marine Lt. Col. Derek Poteet, the attorney, said he was “not able to describe the information.” However, Poteet said that defense lawyers “agreed that the information was important” and that it comes directly from Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed, The Times reported.
Haspel’s nomination has been contentious due to her previous work at a CIA black site that used enhanced interrogation techniques. A CIA spokesman would not confirm to The New York Times whether or not Haspel was involved in Mohammed’s interrogations.
Included in the court filing is the information that Mohammed wants to provide to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the report said.
Haspel intends to promise in her confirmation hearing that the CIA would not restart torture programs under her leadership.
American forces captured Mohammed in 2003. He faces the death penalty over charges before the military commissions system, The Hill noted.
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