Republicans who have seen the documents say they present a clear case that Pelosi (D-Calif.) was told about the waterboarding of a key al-Qaeda operative, rejecting her accusation that the CIA intentionally misled her about the interrogation technique, which simulates drowning. “I came away feeling comfortable in saying the speaker owes the [intelligence] community an apology at the least,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (Mich.), a former FBI agent.
But Democrats, as well as some former intelligence officials, warn that the documents are far from definitive and reflect only after-the-fact recollections from CIA briefers who never intended to produce full transcripts of the sessions. “You can have a lot of interpretation either way,” said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), who said he “sped-read” the documents this week.