CIA declassifies Harman’s tape destruction letter.

Last month after the CIA admitted that it had destroyed videotapes of interrogations, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) — formerly the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee — said that she had urged the CIA in writing not to destroy the tapes. Today, Harman’s office released the Feb. 10, 2003 letter after the CIA finally declassified it. In the letter, she urges the CIA to “reconsider” destroying the tapes:

You discussed [in a briefing the previous week] the fact that there is videotape of Abu Zubaydah following his capture that will be destroyed after the Inspector General finishes his inquiry. I would urge the Agency to reconsider that plan. Even if the videotape does not constitute an official record that must be preserved under the law, the videotape would be the best proof that the written record is accurate, if such record is called into question in the future. The fact of destruction would reflect badly on the Agency.

Read the full letter here