The Justice department in the US has confirmed it has opened a preliminary inquiry into the destruction of videotapes by the Central Intelligence Agency. The probe comes days after CIA director Michael Hayden admitted that that tapes documenting interrogations of terrorism suspects had been destroyed. He maintained it was done to protect the identities of the agents involved.
The opposition Democrats condemned the action and said crucial evidence may’ve been withheld from official proceedings. Critics have denounced some interrogation techniques used in the US as torture.