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Feinstein will have to decide whether an apology is good enough, or if some further action is required

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confessed to spying on Senate computers and then apologized for the action, according to McClatchy DC

The CIA said it spied on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's computers during an investigation of CIA interrogation tactics and secret prisons for terrorism suspects. 

CIA Director John Brennan reportedly informed Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate committee's chair, and its senior Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, of the spying and immediately apologized. 

Between 2001 and 2008, President Bush authorized the CIA and military intelligence officers to use torture on suspected militants in groups such as al Qaeda without the permission of Congress.  

In 2009, President Obama ordered an end to the torture campaign. From there, the Senate began to investigate whether the CIA's torture campaign was legal and whether it positively or negatively impacted national security.

A special site was then set up in northern Virginia where Senate Intelligence Committee members and their staff could read through about 6.2 million pages of unindexed documents.  The idea was to protect Congress from seeing documents that could endanger national security and stop the CIA from interfering with the investigation.


CIA Director John Brennan

But in in 2009 and 2010, Senators started noticing documents they had been using were disappearing. The CIA was notified, and the agency seemed to indicate that its employees had accessed the machines through remote backdoors and deleted certain files. 
 
But the CIA never actually admitted to doing that. 

In late 2010, the Senators got their hands on a document called "internal Panetta review."  The CIA tried to destroy the document, as it would call the agency out. 

The CIA had reportedly accessed the computers at the neutral facility, had agents hack into Senate laptops and delete many of the remaining copies of the document. Further, the CIA tried to press charges against the Senate staff that accepted the document (which it claims was stolen) and mplied that Senate staffers had hacked it. 

The Senate review, which is a 6,300-page report, was eventually finished, but was classified. It concluded that torture had not produced anti-terrorism results. 

The White House is expected to deliver a declassified summary of the committee's report to Congress by the end of this week.

Feinstein will have to decide whether an apology is good enough, or if some further action is required.

Source: McClatchy DC





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