Background

The following document was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence pursuant to a FOIA request by The Washington Independent, and a second FOIA request by ProPublica:

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/6199392/Jonathan-Fredman-to-SASC-November-17-2008

Bart Gellman notes,

I have come to believe I did an injustice to Jonathan Fredman, a senior lawyer for the CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. On p. 187 I quoted an infamous line he is said to have delivered at Guantanamo Bay (“if the detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong”), the source of which was an unsigned memo released by the Senate Armed Service Committee. Upon closer inspection and further reporting, I have lost confidence in this document, which purports to be minutes of a meeting Fredman attended but plainly departs from verbatim quotation. I have removed the reference to this alleged quotation in the paperback, with an explanation in the chapter notes.

http://www.bartongellman.com/angler/comments.php

Additional background is contained in the following articles:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/or_20090110_9776.php

http://www.lawfareblog.com/memo-press-just-shut-about-jonathan-fredman

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