Ali Soufan Quoted in The New Yorker: How Did Abu Zubaydah Lose His Eye?
June 10, 2015

How Did Abu Zubaydah Lose His Eye?

The New Yorker
By: Dexter Filkins


It’s been six months since the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the torture of Al Qaeda suspects, and I can’t stop thinking about Abu Zubaydah’s eye.

His left eye, to be precise, which he lost while being held in one of the C.I.A.’s secret prisons.

Abu Zubaydah, an alleged Al Qaeda operative captured in Pakistan in 2002, was suspected of being a senior member of the group and a plotter in the 9/11 attacks. A Saudi Arabian citizen, Abu Zubaydah was the first suspect who was officially subjected to the “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved by President Bush…

Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. agent who helped capture Abu Zubaydah, told me that he appeared to have some sort of eye condition, perhaps an infection, when he was apprehended. “His eye was pretty bad,’’ Soufan said…


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