Why do you think Al Qaeda has failed to attack US in 13 years? CIA chiefs launch vehement attack on torture report, accusing Senate of ‘cherry-picking’ evidence in ‘one-sided and error-strewn’ inquiry

Six former CIA Directors and Deputy Directors have launched a scathing attack on the Senate, accusing it of ‘cherry-picking’ evidence for a report claiming agents tortured Al Qaeda suspects.

Branding the inquiry ‘one-sided and error strewn’, the ex-officials argued that the CIA’s interrogation program in fact ‘saved thousands of lives’ by leading to the capture of senior Al Qaeda operatives.

Among the terrorists killed as a direct result of the controversial techniques, the former officials said, was Osama Bin Laden. This claim contradicts earlier statements that suggest ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ had no role in tracking down the late Al Qaeda leader.