Deaths, Missing Detainees Still Blacked Out in New CIA Report

Helgerson, who left the job in Mar. 2009, said in a statement, "the primary common problem was that management controls and operational procedures were not in place to avoid the serious problems that arose, jeopardizing Agency employees and detainees alike."

Even after the report was completed in 2004, the problem of missing detainees continued, according to the former intelligence official.

One of the detainees who was put in the "missing" category was identified by the CIA as a top al Qaeda figure, Hassan Ghul, who officials had planned to waterboard until they determined he was "obese" and might lead to serious medical issues.

Ghul was turned over to Pakistan in 2006 and has since been released. The CIA does not know whether he returned to fight with al Qaeda or simply disappeared from sight.

"The primary, common problem was that management controls and operational procedures were not in place to avoid the serious problems that arose," said Helgerson, who served as CIA inspector general from 2002 to Mar. 2009.

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