“The Daily Beast’s reporting, and its continued understanding, is that Haspel was in a position of responsibility over the black site during the Abu Zubaydah interrogation, though she was not physically present,” wrote the Daily Beast’s Spencer Ackerman on March 16.
Contrast that contention with the towering and attention-grabbing correction that ProPublica published on March 15: “Correction: Trump’s Pick to Head CIA Did Not Oversee Waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah,” read the headline on the piece. “It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended,” noted ProPublica.
…But in his 2014 book, John Rizzo, a longtime senior CIA lawyer, indicated that Haspel was responsible for the incommunicado detention and torture not of two men, but of dozens, potentially. Former intelligence officials interviewed by The Daily Beast have portrayed Haspel’s experience similarly.” The story cites Rizzo’s references to Haspel’s role in the destruction of videotapes of interrogations; she wrote a cable calling for the destruction.