In a clear shift of policy, the US Secretary of State has indicated that American interrogators are bound by a major treaty on torture wherever they are.
Condoleezza Rice’s comments follow confusion about Washington’s stance on the ban and come amid claims by human rights groups that CIA agents could use methods overseas that would not be allowed in the US.
“The United States’ obligations under the CAT (Convention Against Torture) which prohibits of course cruel and inhumane and degrading treatment, those obligations extend to US personnel wherever they are, whether they are in the United States or outside the United States.”
Rice spoke on a visit to Ukraine where she received an honorary degree at Kiev University. It was the third leg of a European tour which has taken her to Germany, Ukraine and Romania, and continues to Brussels.