This is the first time the interrogation techniques they endured at CIA detention facilities have been confirmed.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the lead defendant, Khalid Shaikh Muhammed, was waterboarded 183 times and the other defendants underwent other interrogation methods such as sleep deprivation and beatings.
It is likely some of the defendants will use the report to win some leniency and sympathy from a military jury and avoid the death penalty.
Army Brigadier Gen. Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor, said he expects the report will make the trial more transparent, according the Los Angeles Times. He also said the report will give the defense an advantage as their complaints about torture techniques used by the CIA are now officially documented.
"It increases the likelihood that more of the processes [in the case] will be open to the public and assures the accused will be able to see and consult with defense counsel about certain information not previously available to them," Martins told the Los Angeles Times.
Despite delays in the military tribunal system, Martins said the case will move forward, though they are not close to setting a trial date.
Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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