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CIA confirms CIA spied on senate investigators examining CIA torture programs

In March 2014, McClatchy newspaper published a bombshell story revealing that the CIA spied on Senate Select Intelligence Committee investigators looking into CIA torture. During negotiations about the preparation of the committee's long-awaited report on CIA torture programs, the spy agency had told investigators they could only view CIA documents on CIA computers in a CIA controlled facility. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the senate committee, agreed on the condition that the CIA promise not to monitor investigators' activities.

The CIA promised it wouldn't spy on the senate. Then it spied on the senate. Feinstein discovered the spying when CIA Director John Brennan privately confronted her, alleging that her investigators were in the possession of documents they shouldn't have had access to. He showed his hand. Feinstein was outraged.

After the news of the CIA's spying on the senate became public, CIA Director John Brennan told NBC news unequivocally that his agency had not spied on the senate.

I never believed the director's claims. Now McClatchy has broken another story on the scandal, this time reporting that the CIA's own inspector general disagrees with John Brennan's assessment. Yes, the IG found, contrary to the director's claims, the CIA spied on the senate.

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.

Government officials lie.

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