CIA director admits to hacking and spying on Senate computers, apologizes
By End the Lie
CIA director John Brennan apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday after it was revealed that the agency hacked into Senate computers and spied on the staffers who were part of an investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation and detention practices.
The CIA inspector general uncovered the wrongdoing and an agency spokesman told the Associated Press that an accountability board will examine the conduct of the officers responsible and discipline them if necessary.
So far, the Justice Department said they will not pursue criminal charges against the employees who are responsible for “improperly” searching the Senate computers.
The CIA inspector general found “that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between” the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA in 2009 about access to a shared computer network, according to Boyd.
Brennan informed intelligence committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Saxby Chambliss of the findings and “and apologized to them for such actions by CIA officers as described in the (inspector general’s) report,” Boyd said.
While the Justice Department said they will not pursue criminal charges, the CIA said they are looking into the matter internally.
“The director is committed to correcting any shortcomings related to this matter,” the CIA said in a statement, according to CNN. Part of this effort is an accountability board chaired by former Indiana senator Intelligence Committee member Evan Bayh, according to the CIA statement.
“This board will review the (inspector general’s) 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,” the CIA said.
As soon as next week, the public could see the almost 700-page summary of the full 6,800-page Senate committee report a year and a half ago.
Senators on the committee have said that the report is critical of the treatment of terrorism suspects by the CIA. The treatment of detainees amounted to torture, according to the report, but the CIA has denied any such accusations.
Part of the unfinished report was reportedly leaked to the Associated Press on Wednesday.