9/11 defense lawyers at Guantánamo seek CIA report

A lawyer for one of the Guantánamo prisoners accused of conspiring in the 9/11 terror attack is trying to get a copy of the secret Senate report on CIA interrogations that has caused a bitter rift between the agency and Congress.

Defense attorney James Connell says the report and related documents contain information about the torture of his client. Connell says that information is critical to the trial of Ammar al-Baluchi and any potential sentencing phase.

Baluchi is one of five Guantánamo prisoners facing trial by military commission for their alleged roles in the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. The five were held by the CIA and subjected to so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques.

Prosecutors haven’t responded to the motion filed Wednesday by Connell but noted the Senate has not released the report.

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