After a three-year investigation, the government has decided not to charge the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videotapes of waterboarding after the White House and the agency had ordered that the recordings be preserved.

The officers destroyed the video evidence of U.S. torture at a secret prison in Thailand because they feared the tapes might one day surface and damage the CIA.


Jon Durham, the prosecutor assigned to the case by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, decided not to charge the undercover officers and lawyers at the CIA for the destruction of the tapes.

Matthew Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, said that “a team of prosecutors and FBI agents led by Mr Durham has conducted an exhaustive investigation into the matter”.

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