Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham said Friday that his detailed diaries show Democrats were told less about the interrogation of terrorists than the CIA claims.
Graham said the CIA claimed he was briefed four times about extreme interrogation techniques as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
He said he called the head of archives at the University of Florida, where his notebooks are stored, to check if he had listed the briefings.
"We established that three out of four of these alleged briefings never took place," he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been under fire this week about her knowledge of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, which some have deemed torture.
While the CIA has said she was fully briefed about the methods, Pelosi said she was briefed once and misled about the use of waterboarding.
For his part, Graham said he doesn't recall being told about waterboarding or other extreme techniques in his briefing. He believes that "misinformation is out there" based on his experience.
"I think the Republican-led CIA of that era, among other things, was loose with the facts and loose with the record," he said.
Graham, Florida governor from 1979 to 1987 and U.S. senator from 1987 to 2005, is the namesake of UF's Graham Center for Public Service. He donated his notebooks to the university, but they are currently unavailable to the public.
Carl Van Ness, UF historian and curator of archives and manuscripts, said the notebooks contain incredibly detailed, almost minute-by-minute, logs of Graham's activities. He said they also include nearly everything Graham put into his pockets that day.
"I've never seen anything like it as an archivist," he said.
Van Ness said an issue with tax laws, involving whether the records are available to the public, has kept the notebooks under seal.
He said he only accesses the notebooks at Graham's instruction.
"At his request, we'll break the seal," he said.
He said one of the notebooks that Graham sought had been loaned to the former senator, but the others were in the archives. He said he couldn't comment about what they said.
Graham said the CIA reported he was briefed twice in April 2002 and twice in September 2002. But he said the notebooks show he was briefed just once, on Sept. 27 of that year.