AP sources: Feds eye CIA officer in prisoner death

July 13, 2011 - 3:14 AM
CIA Interrogation Probe

FILE - In this undated file photo obtained by ABC news and allegedly taken by Sgt. Charles Frederick, Army Spc. Sabrina Harman, of the 372nd Military Police Company, poses with the body of Iraqi detainee Manadel al-Jamadi who is packed in ice at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Jamadi was captured by SEALs during a joint CIA-special operations mission in November 2003. He died a few hours later under CIA interrogation in the shower room at Abu Ghraib. Federal prosecutors investigating the death of a prisoner at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison are scrutinizing a CIA officer who ran the agency's interrogation program and pushed for approval to use increasingly harsh tactics. (AP Photo/ABC News, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors investigating the death of a prisoner at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison are scrutinizing a CIA officer who ran the agency's interrogation program and pushed for approval to use increasingly harsh tactics.

The CIA officer, Steve Stormoen, supervised an unofficial program in which the CIA imprisoned and interrogated men without entering their names in the Army's books.

Grand jury witnesses tell The Associated Press that prosecutors have asked about Stormoen's role at the prison and his involvement in the 2003 death of prisoner Manadel al-Jamadi.

Current and former intelligence officials say that before that death, CIA lawyers had expressly prohibited the agency from running its own interrogations. Yet the CIA interrogated al-Jamadi alone.

The witnesses and officials requested anonymity because they were told not to speak to reporters.