The CIA seems to have issued a somewhat ambiguous confession that it covertly accessed Senate computers to carry out damage control in advance ahead of a report on supposed torture under its watch.
Spokesperson Dean Boyd said in a statement that the results of an internal investigation “include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009.”
The report’s contents remain undisclosed, but according to Boyd, CIA head John Brennan informed Senator Dianne Feinstein of the issue earlier this week and apologized for the episode. Additionally, he said that the CIA would provide the accountability board with a report that could offer suggestions for changes and “potential disciplinary measures.”
In March, Feinstein publicly charged the CIA of hacking the computers of her committee, as well as making an effort to stop said committee from discovering potentially incriminating documents.
Feinstein raised two primary complaints. The first was that operatives had spied on Congress to discover what data it had on the interrogation performed by the CIA. The second was that after the CIA had vowed to make classified files accessible to the committee via a secure internal system, it then surreptitiously began to pull out documents that could erode its credibility. Brennan then allegedly reprimanded Feinsten for creating copies of the data, making the suggestion that the CIA had browsed through her files. Reportedly, this second complaint has been issued to the Justice Department for further investigation.
Via [The Verge]