The Obama administration’s request to delay releasing a key report on torture has reportedly been granted.
According to Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent, a judge has said the CIA can have until August 24 to release the declassified version of a 2004 inspector general’s report on the Bush administration’s interrogations program. The report’s release has already been delayed several times.
Opponents of torture who have seen the unredacted report have said it vindicates their position that the tactic is ineffective. As Spencer notes, it has been credited with shifting Attorney General Eric Holder towards strongly considering initiating a criminal probe in connection with the torture program.