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    In the wake of a CIA secret interrogation report published by the US Senate Committee on Tuesday, John Brennan said that US agents' use of brutal interrogation techniques against al-Qaeda suspects helped prevent attacks.

    MOSCOW, December 9 (Sputnik) – The director of the CIA admitted that mistakes had been made in the years following the September 11, 2001, attacks on US cities, but the Central Intelligence Agency's own review found that brutal interrogations "did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives."

    The US Senate Intelligence Committee released on Tuesday a 500-page summary of the detailed investigation into the CIA interrogation techniques that were used on alleged al-Qaeda agents following the 9/11 attacks on Washington and New York.

    In the statement following the release Brennan said, “As noted in CIA's response to the study, we acknowledge that the detention and interrogation program had shortcomings and that the Agency made mistakes.”

    "The most serious problems occurred early on and stemmed from the fact that the agency was unprepared and lacked the core competencies required to carry out an unprecedented, worldwide program of detaining and interrogating suspected Al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorists.

    He further said, “In carrying out that program, we did not always live up to the high standards that we set for ourselves and that the American people expect of us.”.

    "As an agency, we have learned from this mistake, which is why my predecessors and I have implemented various remedial measures over the years to address institutional deficiencies." 

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