The Department of Justice informed CIA Director Leon Panetta that no criminal charges “will be brought against Agency officers for the destruction of video tapes of CIA detainee interrogations,” the director stated in an internal memo to agency employees.
“The tapes were made in 2002 and were destroyed in 2005,” Panetta said. “The Agency has cooperated with the investigation of this issue from the start, and we welcome the decision. We will continue, of course, to cooperate with the Department of Justice on any other aspects of the former program that it reviews. But we are pleased that the decision was made not to charge any Agency officers for the destruction of the tapes.”
Last August, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, hired a prosecutor to look into alleged CIA interrogation abuses. That move was widely criticized by intelligence officials and Congressional Republicans. Holder had named longtime prosecutor John H. Durham to open an inquiry of roughly a dozen cases of alleged detainee mistreatment at the hands of CIA interrogators and contractors.