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Internal CIA report concludes agency spied on Senate computers

Some time ago I wrote on Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) battle with the CIA. She is chair of the Senate Select Committee on intelligence, and in a dramatic speech on the floor of the Senate she accused them of spying on her staffers in an attempt to sandbag the committee's report on the CIA's torture program.

McClatchy reports today that an investigation by the CIA Inspector General has largely confirmed Feinstein's account:

CIA employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency's now defunct detention and interrogation program, an internal CIA investigation has determined.

Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General's Office "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," CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement. [McClatchy DC]

A summary of the committee's torture report is supposed to be declassified soon — White House talking points on it were accidentally released to an AP reporter earlier this week.