US kept us in the dark on torture: spy chief

Duncan Gardham; 11/3/10

US intelligence agencies misled allies, including Britain, about US mistreatment of suspected terrorists, the former head of MI5 has said. Eliza Manningham-Buller, who retired as head of Britain’s domestic spy agency in 2007 and is now a member of the House of Lords, said the Americans suppressed details of their harsh handling of some prisoners, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is accused of organising the September 11 attacks. “The Americans were very keen that people like us did not discover what they were doing,” she said on Tuesday at a lecture at the House of Lords organised by an academic group. Britain’s spy agencies have been heavily criticised for alleged collusion in the torture overseas of terrorism suspects, including people in US custody.