December 11, 2014
The Senate torture report shook up the Washington establishment. But it’s an international story — the CIA’s network of black sites was spread around the world, from Thailand to Morocco. So we’ve rounded up some of the responses from various English-language media overseas.The UN calls for prosecutions…
We looked at English-language newspapers from two dozen countries, and many of them front-paged the comments of Ben Emmerson, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism.
Here’s how Reuters’ Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva covered Emmerson’s statement:
The Xinhua News Agency:
Simon Bradley rounded up editorial reactions from a number of Swiss newspapers. “Swiss papers agree the damning United States report outlining harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA on terror suspects has damaged America’s credibility,” he wrote. “But publishing the Senate study is a painful price the nation has to pay.”
Andrew Hammond writes for Australia’s Sidney Morning Herald that the report’s “biggest impact could be outside US shores.”
Writing in Germany’s Deutsche Welle, Michael Knigge takes the opposite view:
According to Dubai’s Khaleej Times, “what has come as a surprise is the conscience that this CIA interrogation report has sparked.”
Israel’s left-leaning daily Ha’aretz noted that “the CIA cited Israeli Supreme Court rulings to justify torture.”
Radio Poland reports that “Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has said that Poland was asked to provide a “quiet location” for interrogating suspects following the September 11 attacks.”
Given recent tensions between Russia and the West, one would think that the Russian media would have a field day with the report. But they have been rather circumspect. Russian media reported the facts unearthed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and some noted that Russian human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov had blasted the US government on Twitter.
Alex Boutilier reports for The Toronto Star that Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird dodged questions about Canadian authorities’ use of information gleaned from CIA torture.
South Africa’s Mail and Guardian went with a different angle, running an Agence France-Presse story about Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, condemning the CIA’s tactics.
The New York Times reports that “in Yemen, where the United States is often seen through the prism of policies that have long stoked anger… there was little sense that the torture report could do much to further sully America’s reputation.”