Cryptome unveils CIA Torture Pseudonyms


PaulD sends:

The press has been hard at work uncovering the pseudonyms used and nailing down the true identities of the site. I compile them here.

The most important outstanding questions: Who is Officer “2”, who are Detainees “R” & “S,” and where is detention site “red?” While I feel pretty strongly about redacting the names of low-level personnel from the NSA slides, which are technical in nature, but I have zero interest in protecting torturers. The public has a right to know where these black sites were, and the detainees deserve a name and a fair trial.

Detention sites (Known):

BLACK – RomaniaBLUE – Poland

BROWN – Afghanistan

COBALT – Afghanistan

GRAY – Afghanistan

GREEN – Thailand

INDIGO – Guantanamo

MAROON – Guantanamo

ORANGE – Afghanistan

VIOLET – Lithuania

Detention site (unknown)RED – This could be an additional site in one of the above countries, or someplace entirely different. It is mentioned only once in the report, on page 140 of 499, and the entry is almost entirely redacted.


Company Y – Mitchell, Jessen & Associates, based in Spokane, Washington.


Business Q – Associated with Zubair, associated with Hambali

Torture Doctors:

“Grayson Swigert” – James Mitchell”Hammond Dunbar” – Bruce Jessen

CIA Officers:

CIA Officer 1 – COBALT Site manager – Matthew ZirbelCIA Officer 2 – Torturer at COBALT and BLUE – “untrained and unqualified” “hung detainees up for long periods with their toes barely touching the ground”. A litany of other abuses are mentioned. Received a one year letter of reprimand, got bonuses anyway. Retired from CIA in 2004.


Asset X – Directly involved in the capture of KSM.Asset Y – Reports on Janat Gul


Person 1 – al-Ghuraba group member, with an interest in airplanes and aviation. “intelligence indicates the interest was unrelated to terrorist activity.”


Detainee R – Held by foreign government, rendered to CIA custodyDetainee S – Held by foreign government