CIA Hacked Senate Computers


The Central Intelligence Agency improperly accessed computers used by the Senate committee investigating  the agency’s use of torture following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to the CIA Inspector General Office.

The internal report confirms accusations made by Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that CIA employees accessed computers used by her committee’s staff as they poured over documents pertaining to the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

This is the latest development in an ongoing struggle between Feinstein’s committee and the CIA. The Intelligence committee began work on a comprehensive torture report in May 2009 after learning that the agency’s interrogation techniques were harsher than they had previously believed. Rather than turn over documents to the committee, the CIA asked that Senate committee staff review the documents at a CIA site in Virginia, where they were promised a “stand-alone computer system” that would be “segregated from CIA networks.”

This past January, the CIA informed Feinstein and the committee’s ranking Republican, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, that the CIA had conducted a “search” of the computers the staff were using. According to Feinstein, they gave no further information about the search. Years of behind the scenes conflict between the committee and the CIA exploded into public view in March, when Feinstein took to the Senate floor to publicly air her grievances against the CIA. She accused them of spying on the stand-alone computers in violation of the agreement between..

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