Psychologists in torture case seek evidence from CIA deputy

Two psychologists, contracted to design CIA interrogation programmes, have sought to compel the Agency’s deputy head to give a deposition in the case against them, reports the Guardian.

Former CIA detainees are suing Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell over allegations that the contractors helped to design torture techniques that the CIA used against them.

The defendants asked the judge to order Gina Haspel, appointed in February as deputy director of the CIA, to give a deposition, on the grounds that she was “centrally involved” in the alleged events.

According to media reports, Haspel ran a CIA “black site” in 2002, where she oversaw brutal interrogations, and later signed an order to destroy recordings of the sessions.

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