Pete Williams and Mark Murray
April 16, 2009

A senior Justice Department official says Attorney General Eric Holder has concluded that CIA operatives who followed the legal guidance they were given will not be prosecuted, even if they used harsh interrogation methods.

If they acted “in good faith and in conformance” to the instructions they had, those officers will not face prosecution for administering even waterboarding and other methods that have since been disavowed.

This does not mean, the official said, that no CIA personnel could be prosecuted for their conduct in the war on terror. “If they went beyond the guidance or acted irresponsibly,” the official said, they could still face prosecution.

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