Mike Morrell, the acting CIA Director, may have been a good analyst but the boy does not have a clue about navigating the shark filled waters of Washington. AP has the story:

Lawmakers accused the CIA of misleading the makers of the Osama bin Laden raid film “Zero Dark Thirty” by allegedly telling them that harsh interrogation methods helped track down the terrorist mastermind. . . .

A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s detainee program found that such methods produced no useful intelligence.

The CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, recently contradicted that finding. In a statement last month to employees, he said that while the film was wrong to depict harsh techniques as key to finding bin Laden, those interrogations did produce some useful intelligence.

“Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques, but there were many other sources as well,” Morell said.

In a letter to the CIA this week, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., John McCain, R-Ariz., and others asked Morell to back up his claim and to share documents showing what the filmmakers were told.

They asked him to provide what information was acquired from CIA detainees and when. “Prior to, during, or after the detainee was subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques? If after, how long after?”

Yes, I know that some former Bush torture advocates claim that enhanced interrogation (a euphemism for torture) provided the key intelligence leading to Bin Laden. But it simply is not true. The Senate report had bipartisan support. If you talk to genuine experts who actually successfully interrogated terrorist suspects, like Ali Soufan, you would know what a crock of crap those CIA hacks are pushing. The truth about how we discovered the whereabouts of Bin Laden had more to do with intel provided by a Pakistani source who walked into the US Embassy and gave up critical details.

Morrell now has a problem. If he has the “proof” to back up his claim then he has to explain why he withheld this information from the Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee. You may have heard the old saying, “a fish dies by its mouth.” Looks like Morrell is going to have, to quote Ricky Riccardo, some splaining to do.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.