CIA spied on Senate committee investigating torture

Computers of Senate aides working on lengthy, classified report on CIA interrogations were monitored


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Natasha Lennard
March 5, 2014 8:52PM (UTC)

In what McClatchy reported as an "unprecedented breakdown in relations between the CIA and its congressional overseers," allegations emerged Wednesday that the spy agency had spied on the Senate committee investigating the CIA's use of torture.

The Justice Department has been asked to investigate possible CIA spycraft allegedly relating to monitoring the computers of Senate aides working on a lengthy report on the employment of enhanced interrogation techniques. The 6,300-page report has been a point of contention between the Senate Intelligence Committee and human rights and civil liberties groups. The lengthy study of significant public interest remains classified.

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The current criminal concern filed with the DOJ over alleged CIA surveillance follows on the heels of an incident last year in which the spy agency controversially withheld findings from an internal review on torture from the Senate committee. McClatchy reported:

The committee determined earlier this year that the CIA monitored computers – in possible violation of an agreement against doing so – that the agency had provided to intelligence committee staff in a secure room at CIA headquarters that the agency insisted they use to review millions of pages of top-secret reports, cables and other documents, according to people with knowledge.


Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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