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December 11th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

John Brennan defends CIA after torture report in rare press conference

Washington (CNN) - CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday defended harsh interrogation techniques as providing "useful" information to authorities, including in the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. But he said it is "unknowable" what information could specifically be attributed to those techniques.

"It is our considered view that the detainees who were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques provided information that was useful and was used in the ultimate operation to go against Bin Laden," Brennan said.

Brennan's comments, in a rare news conference, come two days after a Senate panel released a blockbuster 528-page report detailing "enhanced interrogation techniques" - including mock executions, "rectal rehydration," sleep deprivation and beatings - in interrogations in the mid-2000s.

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