Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says in an op-ed in the Washington Post that he asked CIA Director Leon Panetta what happened and Panetta told him:
"The trail to bin Laden did not begin with a disclosure from Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times. "The first mention of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti — the nickname of the al-Qaeda courier who ultimately led us to bin Laden — as well as a description of him as an important member of al-Qaeda, came from a detainee held in another country, who we believe was not tortured. None of the three detainees who were waterboarded provided Abu Ahmed’s real name, his whereabouts or an accurate description of his role in al-Qaeda. "In fact, the use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' on Khalid Sheik Mohammed produced false and misleading information."
McCain said former Attorney General Michael Mukasey's recent claim that KSM's interrogations led to bin Laden's courier is "false." "This is a moral debate. It is about who we are," writes McCain, who was a POW in Vietnam.