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A former spy has described the debate within the CIA over the arrest, rendition and torture of Canadian Maher Arar, saying multiple colleagues warned against it because they were convinced they were punishing an innocent man.

The account from former CIA officer John Kiriakou sheds new light on decade-old events that caused a public inquiry in Canada, a $10-million payout from the federal government, and unsuccessful lawsuits in the U.S.

It’s a rare peek into discussions within the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency – whose role in the 2002-03 events has never been publicly examined, having remained off-limits in Canada’s inquiry...

‘This is the wrong guy’: Former spy reveals CIA debate over arrest, torture of Maher Arar - The Globe and Mail

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