CIA Admits to Hacking into Senate Computers

After months of denial, the CIA admitted this morning that it had hacked into the computers of Senate staffers to monitor their investigations of the agency’s interrogation programs, National Journal reports.

This directly contradicts the response they gave to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), after she gave a 40 minute-long speech accusing the CIA of spying on Senate staffers and removing key documents while they conducted an investigation into the agency’s renditioning practices during the Bush Administration, violating an agreement they’d made with the Senate to not monitor their activities. Feinstein, who is the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was derided as “emotional,” and the Department of Justice declined to investigate the matter.

After the Inspector General issued his findings, however, Director James Brennan apologized to both Feinstein and the committee’s vice chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Tuesday, reports McClatchy.

In a statement, the agency said it would submit the IG’s report to an independent accountability board chaired by retired Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), the former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. ““This board will review the OIG report, conduct interviews as needed, and provide the director with recommendations that, depending on its findings, could include potential disciplinary measures and/or steps to address systemic issues,” they wrote.

[National Journal]
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