"In seeking to shape press reporting on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, CIA officers and the CIA's Office of Public Affairs (OPA) provided unattributed background information on the program to journalists for books, articles, and broadcasts, including when the existence of the [CIA Program] was still classified," the report said.
The 500-page executive summary of a still-classified 6,200-page report outlined at least three instances where a US newspaper or television network either used inaccurate information provided by the CIA or agreed to conceal classified information at the request of the agency.
In late 2002, then-Vice President Dick Cheney and senior CIA officials persuaded the New York Times to conceal the name of the country that agreed to host one of CIA's "black sites," a network of secret prisons operating across the world outside legal jurisdiction. The publication said Wednesday that it did eventually publish the information, which it reportedly had in possession since April, but by that time the site in Thailand was already shut down.
In the most damning instance of US media's cooperation with the CIA, New York Times reporter Douglas Jehl pledged in late 2005 to "emphasize that the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques worked," in an attempt to clear the publication of the story about the detention and interrogation of a high-ranking al-Qaeda operative. According to the torture report, despite an unidentified CIA officer's email describing the story as "not necessarily unflattering," the piece was never published.
The CIA torture report was published Tuesday by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. It details interrogation methods, including waterboarding, prolonged sleep deprivation, stress positions and mock executions used by the agency against alleged terror suspects after the September 11, 2011 attacks on Washington and New York.
US facilities across the world have been placed on high alert and have adopted additional security measures, anticipating a violent response.