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Bush-era official objected on interrogation view

State Dept. official in Bush era strongly dissented from legal view on CIA interrogations By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A newly released memo shows that a former State Department official strongly dissented from the George W. Bush administration's secret legal view in 2005 that an international treaty against torture did not apply to CIA interrogations in foreign countries.

Until now, the February 2006 analysis by Philip Zelikow has been a high-level, classified internal critique of the Bush administration's controversial interrogation policies. At the time he wrote his criticism, Zelikow was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's representative on terrorism issues to the National Security Council's deputies committee.

The State Department released Zelikow's memo Tuesday under the Freedom of Information Act to the National Security Archive, a nonprofit advocacy group for openness in government.

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