Photos of hands backed up Pearl slaying confession, report finds
Did somebody leave the waterboard running?
(CNN) — Federal agents have backed up al Qaeda captive Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s confession in the killing of journalist Daniel Pearl by using photographs of the veins in his hands, according to a new report released Thursday.
Mohammed confessed to beheading Pearl after his 2003 arrest in Pakistan. But the U.S. admission that he had been subjected to “waterboarding” — a practice historically treated as torture — while in CIA custody cast doubt on the reliability of his confession, according to a lengthy investigation of the Pearl case by the Center for Public Integrity.