17:09 GMT17 February 2020
Listen Live
    US
    Get short URL
    0 36
    Subscribe

    UK government officials felt they could rely on Republican US Senator Marco Rubio to ensure Britain’s name was left out of the CIA torture report, given Rubio’s staunch public stance against its publication, former CIA analyst Raymond McGovern told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Rubio is a 2016 US Presidential candidate and, according to a poll released on Thursday, has the best chance of defeating former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    “Rubio was already against the report, so he was sort of a soft target. That is a pretty easy favor to give to the British service,” McGovern said on Wednesday.

    Rubio had five undisclosed meetings with senior members of the UK government in the 12 months before the US Senate Intelligence Committee released the CIA torture report, British human rights group Reprieve announced in a press release on Tuesday.

    US Senator Florida Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee April 10, 2015
    © AP Photo / Harrison McClary
    US Senator Florida Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee April 10, 2015

    The timing and number of Rubio’s meetings with British officials raised concerns that the United Kingdom attempted to persuade the US Senator to cover-up evidence that it had been involved in CIA rendition and torture operations, according to Reprieve.

    “If they were asking Rubio to do something he did not want to do, that would be a different thing. Then it would cost them some money or something,” McGovern added.

    Related:

    Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul to Justify US Use of Drones
    Republican Presidential Candidates Divided Over Patriot Act
    Clinton's Election Prospects Compromised by 2012 Benghazi Attack
    Senator Rubio Says Hillary Clinton 'Leader from Yesterday'
    Marco Rubio Needs to Distinguish Himself From Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz - Experts
    Tags:
    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), torture report, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via SputnikComment via Facebook