The Washington Post has a page one story today on a pair of secret Bush Administration memos sent to the CIA, that explicitly endorse the agency’s use of torture techniques. It’s unclear who the leaks came from, but it appears that the memos addressed concerns expressed by then-CIA Director George Tenet:
The repeated requests for a paper trail reflected growing worries within the CIA that the administration might later distance itself from key decisions about the handling of captured al-Qaeda leaders, former intelligence officials said.
So, Tenet was looking to cover his ass. Nice reporting WaPo.