Holder to Appoint Prosecutor To Investigate CIA Terror Interrogations

09/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they threatened terrorism suspects, according to two sources familiar with the move.

Holder is poised to name John Durham, a career Justice Department prosecutor from Connecticut, to lead the high-stakes inquiry, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is not complete.

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