Torture report profile: Mike Hayden

Mike Hayden

Mike Hayden

Role: CIA director
Years: 2006 to 2009

Hayden claimed those doing the interrogating were carefully screened, but the group included individuals with a history of anger management issues, inappropriate behavior and admitted sexual assault, according to the Senate report. He also claimed medical treatment and food had not been deliberately withheld to promote cooperation, when they had, according to the report. After the CIA inspector general pressed for an independent review of the detainee program, Hayden opened a review of the inspector general. After repeatedly claiming the CIA held fewer than 100 detainees and learning in 2009 it was actually at least 112, Hayden told a subordinate to keep claiming it was 98, the Senate report said.

Neither Hayden nor a spokeswoman responded to requests for comment. In an interview broadcast by NBC on Dec. 11, said “I didn’t lie and I didn’t mislead Congress.” The CIA said Hayden viewed the discrepancy regarding the detainee tally as insignificant.