UK torture redactions were for national security - MPs

Posted On: 
11th February 2015

British intelligence agencies requested that some information be redacted from a US report on torture carried out by the CIA, MPs have confirmed.

However, the Intelligence and Security Committee said that allegations that the redactions were made to hide complicity of British authorities were “unfounded”.

“The UK Agencies did request redactions to the primary material which was used by the Senate Committee when drafting its full report,” the ISC said in a statement.  

“We have seen these requests and can confirm that all were directly related to national security interests. They do not concern UK involvement or complicity in, or awareness of, the mistreatment of detainees.”

In December, the Senate Intelligence Committee published its findings on the CIA’s detention programme since the 9/11 attacks, finding several cases of brutality.

Alongside the review of the redactions in the documents, the ISC has undertaken a separate investigation into whether the UK was complicit in the CIA’s activities.