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CIA Torture Report: Melville House to come up with book

NEW YORK: An independent publisher in New York is releasing the US Senate report on the CIA and torture as a 480-page book, saying it needs to be seen by as many readers as possible.

Melville House says its edition of the report into “enhanced interrogation techniques” will be in bookstores from December 30, priced at $16.95.

An e-book will be available as well.

A free PDF edition is already online on the website of the US Senate’s intelligence committee, which released the report Wednesday.

“It’s probably the most important government document of our generation, even one of the most significant in the history of our democracy,” said Melville House co-founder Dennis Johnson.

As an official US government document, the “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” is free of copyright.

Based in Brooklyn and founded after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Melville House boasts Nobel literature prize winners Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll among its authors.

In non-fiction, it has published “Torture Taxi” by Trevor Paglen and A.C. Thompson, a ground-breaking 2006 look into the CIA’s secret rendition program.

“Melville House was founded … with the express purpose of trying to speak out about what was going on” under then-president George W. Bush, said Johnson in a statement.

“We felt it was our duty to try and get this report out there to the widest possible audience,” he added- AFP

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