"In releasing these documents [the CIA torture report], no need to go and embarrass other countries at this point. The failures in this had to do with the political leadership of the United States and their willingness to ignore the law," Johnson said Friday, responding to an inquiry on whether US allies involved in CIA operations, most notably the United Kingdom, should have been mentioned in the materials or not.
According to Johnson, people are "trying to make this overly complicated", in raising the question about whether or not other countries should have been exposed.
"The United States was the lead in this and had the cooperation of other countries," Johnson stressed, admitting, however, that other countries involved "probably shouldn't have cooperated with the United States on something so patently illegal".
"The United States had prided itself upon being against torture and was in a morally superior position of being able to lecture other countries. Well, they no longer have that luxury," Johnson told Sputnik.
Johnson also pointed to the "unfortunate precedent" the US torture program has created, which now allows any country to argue "when national security is at stake, anything is justifiable".
The summary of the report contains information, indicating that a number of EU member-states, including Sweden, the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, have, to some extent, cooperated with the CIA. According to the report, the agency, aided by various countries, abducted and transferred suspects to secret detention facilities where they were subjected to cruel interrogation techniques.