Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff for the Department of State during the term of Secretary of State Colin Powell, is bringing new information to light about the administration’s use of harsh interrogation and torture. In an exclusive guest post on The Washington Note, he said this:
“What I have learned is that as the administration authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002–well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion–its principal priority for intelligence was not aimed at pre-empting another terrorist attack on the U.S. but discovering a smoking gun linking Iraq and al-Qa’ida.”
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is the former chief of staff of the Department of State during the term of Secretary of State Colin Powell. He is also Pamela Harriman Visiting Professor at the College of William & Mary.