No one will face criminal charges for the destruction of CIA videotapes depicting harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said federal prosecutor John Durham has conducted an “exhaustive investigation” into the destruction of the tapes, which show the interrogations of two of the CIA’s high-value detainees. “As a result of that investigation, Mr. Durham has concluded that he will not pursue criminal charges for the destruction of the interrogation videotapes,” Miller said.
Other sources familiar with Durham’s investigation, however, said other charges could be filed relating to obstruction of justice or misleading investigators during the nearly three-year probe. Justice Department officials would not elaborate on Miller’s statement.
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