Hayden Admits Misstep over CIA Destroyed Tapes

The former director wants another chance at handling the bumbled reaction.


Former CIA Director Michael Hayden wants another chance at handling the agency's bumbling reaction to destroying terrorist interrogation tapes. He now says he should have figured it would be a bigger story than he expected in early 2009

"I think inherently it isn't as big a deal as it has been made out to be, but I should have been more sensitive that people would have made it as big a deal as they did," he says in an interview posted on the CIA website. "That was a misstep on my part."

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