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Senate Intelligence Committee head Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday ripped the Central Intelligence Agency, saying the spy agency improperly monitored a computer network Congress used to draft a report on the CIA's clandestine interrogation program. The CIA "may have undermined the constitutional framework" of separation of powers, Feinstein charged, adding that the case had been referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution.
Last week, reports suggested the CIA had spied on Senate staffers as they worked on a massive report about the CIA's controversial interrogation and rendition practices under President George W. Bush. Feinstein's remarks were the first public confirmation from the Intelligence Committee of the alleged spying.