Ali Soufan Quoted by France 24: Trump’s New CIA Chief Pick’s Torture Past Clouds Her Future
March 15, 2018
By: Leela Jacinto
In March 2002, an FBI agent fluent in Arabic was called in to interrogate a suspect captured in a raid on a suspected al Qaeda safe house in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad.
The suspect had been wounded during the raid and when Ali Soufan, a Lebanon-born FBI agent, arrived to question him, he found the detainee in bad shape: he had been shot in the thigh, testicle and stomach, and appeared delirious.
Soufan and another FBI colleague did what they could to ease the detainee’s suffering. They held ice to his parched lips, helped change his soiled clothes and asked for clean bed linen. A rapport — built on kindness — was established between the suspect and agents. Gradually, the suspect began to talk in his native Arabic …
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