Scott Horton Interviews Jason Leopold

Scott Horton, May 16, 2011

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Investigative reporter Jason Leopold discusses his article “Filling in the Gaping Holes in WikiLeaks’ Guantanamo Detainee Files;” how the FBI emails (available here) on Guantanamo prisoner detention conditions indicate torture was the primary means of extracting “evidence;” the torture of Mohammed al-Qahtani, choreographed in the White House by top Bush administration officials; Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen’s admission that KSM was tortured for compliance, not actionable intelligence (which is the whole torture program writ large); and why evidence beyond WikiLeaks documents – especially photos and videos – is needed to get the public’s attention.

MP3 here. (24:58)

Jason Leopold is an investigative reporter and the Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout. His in-depth coverage includes the US Attorney firing scandal, the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilsion and the Bush administration’s torture program. He is a two-time winner of the Project Censored award for his investigative work on Halliburton and Enron, and in March 2008, was awarded the Thomas Jefferson award by The Military Religious Freedom Foundation for a series of stories on the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the US military.

Leopold also received the Dow Jones Newswires Journalist of the Year Award in 2001 for his reporting on Enron and the California energy crisis. He has worked as an editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times and was Los Angeles bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir.

One Response to “Jason Leopold”

  1. In my book torture is a form of terrorism. What could be more terrifying than being tortured day after day ? The media loves the WWII cliches of Nazis marching around with swastikas and shouting 'Seig Heil' but they don't dare look at the same stuff happening now under another uniform and symbol, American fascism that goes on practically unopposed in the very shadows of our 'democracy'. Thanks Scott, you deserve a lot of credit for bringing this up again and again. I value your work very highly.

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