When looking for your source, I found a reference to this article, also on Fox News:
"U.S. Officials: Iran Opposition Leader's Web Site Shut Down, Supporters 'Tortured' Into Confessions"
You may check it our it you wish. Reference is made to the article in Huan Yi's reference, and the article itself is not very informative.
I quote it here to point out how Fox News has now placed the word "tortured" in brackets.
What possible reason might there be for printing such a headline and suggesting that one of the two major points of the headline may be false? If they are printing a potential lie, why are they not saying so, and taking the word out of the headline? Do they have conflicting sources that tell them different stories? If so, why not print them both, and highlight the one they believe the more accurate by saying, "in our judgement, this seems to be the better information. . . "
I would like to offer an explanation that seems plausible to me. That that "torture" that was applied to the Iranians in question was in fact the same sort of torture that the United States has applied to prisoners and detainees. Fox News knows or suspects this and is caught in a trap of its own making. When somebody else, especially somebody we dislike, does such a thing, they want to protest and call torture by its proper name and show proper outrage. But they cannot do so because they have just spent years defending the same acts as being inconsequential when applied by the United States.
Hence the brackets around "torture."
Sincerely, Bob Kaven