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CIA denies Cheney request on interrogations

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  • Former vice president sought declassification of records of interrogations
  • CIA spokesman says documents are part of two pending lawsuits
  • Cheney aide says he will appeal ruling
  • Cheney made request in effort to bring about more "honest debate"
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CIA has rejected former Vice President Dick Cheney's request to declassify records of abusive interrogations of suspected terrorists, a spokesman for the spy agency said Thursday.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney sought the declassification of documents on terrorist suspects.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney sought the declassification of documents on terrorist suspects.

In a written statement, CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said the two documents Cheney requested are the subject of two pending lawsuits seeking the release of documents related to the interrogation program and cannot be declassified.

"This request was handled in accordance with normal practice by CIA professionals with long experience in information management and release. It was for them a straightforward issue," he said.

The former vice president will appeal the ruling, an aide said.

Cheney has said he wants the documents released so there can be a more "honest debate" on the Bush administration's approval of "alternative" interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists. He argued that those techniques provided valuable intelligence that saved American lives, but critics say they amounted to the illegal torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.

CNN's Ed Henry and Pam Benson contributed to this report.

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