Secret CIA Documents: CIA Officers May Have 'Lied' About Permission To Destroy Torture Tapes

A current U.S. official familiar with the emails cautioned that the emails reflected one officer's interpretation of events. "You've got the possibility that some folks thought that procedures hadn't exactly been followed," said the official, "but I'm unaware of anyone who thought at the time that laws had been broken."

The documents were released as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Justice Department is currently investigating whether any CIA officials broke the law by destroying the tapes.

Robert S. Bennett, attorney for Jose Rodriguez, told ABC News that "nothing in the documents suggests Jose broke the law."

"Jose was protecting his operatives and the national security of the country and deserves a medal and praise rather than an investigation," added Bennett. "Before he made the decision, he got assurances that it was legal and that there were no legal impediments to do it."

CIA spokesman George Little said a Department of Justice prosecutor had been looking into the destruction of the tapes for more than two years. "The agency has cooperated fully with that inquiry and will, of course, continue to do so," said Little.

Porter Goss could not be reached for comment.

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