McCain: Torture did not lead to bin Laden

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain is responding to former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and others who have said the information that led to Osama bin Laden came from the waterboarding of al-Qaida's third-ranking leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

McCain, who opposes the use of torture, said on the Senate floor
today that waterboarding and other harsh techniques were not a
factor.

McCain is the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was also the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who consistently challenged the Bush administration and Vice President Dick Cheney on the use of torture. And, as a POW during the Vietnam War, he endured brutal treatment.

McCain says he asked CIA Director Leon Panetta for the facts, and was told that the hunt for bin Laden did not begin with fresh information from Mohammed. In fact, he says, the name of bin Laden's courier came from a detainee held in another country.

In a statement, Mukasey said McCain "is simply incorrect." Mukasey, who was George W. Bush's last attorney general, says
Mohammed disclosed the nickname of the courier "along with a
wealth of other information."

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