To be fair; the NYT writers partially disregarded how intelligence works. 'They knew about it already' doesn't mean all that much. Much intelligence only becomes valuable once there's a confirmation from a different, independent source.
Sometimes the CIA lied by claiming that some info was discovered through
enhanced interrogation torture.
It's not that clear-cut that
enhanced interrogation torture results were useless when they confirmed what was already known discovered before.*
*: Example case: "Thwarting of ‘Second Wave’ Plot and Discovery of Al Ghurabaa Group"