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Reporter: Mark Simkin

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Barack Obama and the CIA have patched up their differences, despite his
having spilled the beans on its interrogation techniques. He visited CIA headquarters to boost
morale and was given a warm welcome.

The trip came just days after the release of classified documents on the agency's harsh questioning
of terror suspects.

North America correspondent Mark Simkin reports.

MARK SIMKIN, REPORTER: Barack Obama came in from the cold. The United States top spies put aside
their anger and gave the President a warm reception.

BARACK OBAMA, US PRESIDENT: I know that the last few days have been difficult. Don't be discouraged
that we have to acknowledge potentially we've made some mistakes - that's how we learn.

MARK SIMKIN: Difficult, because last week Barack Obama exposed some of the CIA's top secrets. He
detailed the brutal tactics the agency used or wanted to use on terror suspects: hitting prisoners,
keeping them awake for a week, using insects to exploit their phobias and water-boarding, a form of
simulated drowning.

Barack Obama outlawed the so-called harsh interrogation tactics and acknowledged he's made the
CIA's job more difficult.

BARACK OBAMA: What makes the United States special and what makes you special is precisely the fact
that we are willing to uphold our values and our ideals even when it's hard, not just when it's
easy. Even when we are afraid and under threat, not just when it's expedient to do so.

MARK SIMKIN: Water-boarding was thought to have been used sparingly and effectively, but the fine
print of the memos is giving up new secrets. It reveals a CIA water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
183 times in a single month. He's the self-described architect of September 11 attacks. Another
terror suspect was water-boarded at least 83 times.

MICHAEL HAYDEN, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: The facts of the case are that the use of these techniques
against these terrorists made us safer. It really did work.

MARK SIMKIN: Barack Obama says he won't prosecute the CIA agents involved - welcome news for this
audience, but elsewhere, there are growing calls for investigations into the interrogations. Mark
Simkin, Lateline.