A federal judge today ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to release by August 24 a long-anticipated report by its inspector general on the potentially illegal destruction of detainee interrogation videotapes. The ACLU has been seeking information about the videotapes and their destruction. The judge also scheduled oral argument on the issue of whether the government should disclose documents describing the interrogations. CIA Director Leon Panetta has argued that the videotapes' release would compromise the legal methods used by interrogators and that the CIA has the right to keep such information secret. The CIA says it has more than 3,000 documents relating to the interrogations.
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