'We Tortured Some Folks' After 9/11, Obama Concedes Amid CIA Scandal

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in Washington, Aug. 1, 2014.

“We tortured some folks.” That was President Barack Obama’s response Friday to a question about revelations that the CIA accessed computers belonging to a Senate committee investigating the agency’s interrogation techniques during a wide-ranging press conference where the president also touched on Gaza and the Ebola outbreak.

“In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong,” the president said. “We tortured some folks.” He was referring to the interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, that were used to gain intelligence following the Sept. 11 attacks.

A report on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings is expected to come out in a few weeks, the Associated Press reported. Obama said he has confidence in CIA Director John Brennan, who has come under fire from Congress after acknowledging the agency spied on the committee’s computers.

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