In his congressional testimony last week, former Justice Department official and torture architect John Yoo sought to discredit torture critic Philippe Sands by suggesting that Sands had lied to a House subcommittee about interviewing him. In fact, Sands never made any such claim. Today, MoJo blog reports that Sands has written a letter to Yoo in an “attempt to clear the air”:
I have always been careful to be as accurate as I can, and I do not believe that I indicated to the Sub-Committee that I had interviewed you for the book. … It does not indicate that I interviewed you for the book, and there is no other point in my testimony in which I so indicated. [...]
I hope you will forgive me for having troubled you with this point. I would not have done so but for the fact that Representative King appears to have concluded that I made “a false statement” to the Committee, and your exchange with him has caused me to receive a number of enquiries by email, raising issues of integrity or veracity.
Sands asks Yoo to “clear up the misperception” with Rep. Steven King (R-IA), who said that Sands’s allegedly false statement cast doubt on the claims in his book.