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Collection of Information on Shkai, Pakistan

The CIA said that it received “key intelligence” over the course of the interrogation program that identified Shkai, Pakistan, as a major al Qaeda hub. The CIA based these claims on the interrogation of Hassan Ghul. While Ghul did provide some information about Shkai, he provided “the vast majority,” and sufficient information for the CIA’s activities, before being subjected to torture or cruel treatment. This included information about the al Qaeda operatives who lived or visited there, identification of phone numbers and email addresses, information about the origins of al Qaeda in Shkai and its leader Abu Ja’far al-Iraqi, and a description of the important al Qaeda houses and bases in the town. Also, “the CIA assessed that the information provided by Ghul corroborated earlier reporting” the CIA already had. 

After giving this information, Ghul was transferred to a different black site and subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques. During this time, “[a]ccording to a CIA cable,” he “provided no new information” that helped identify or capture al Qaeda leaders.