A pair of open-government advocates are suing the CIA for its continued secrecy regarding its alleged hacking of Senate computers, marking the latest escalation in a covert war raging between Congress and the Obama administration over Bush-era torture practices.
Freelance journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, filed a lawsuit Tuesday on grounds the intelligence agency has refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests they sent in April. The pair is seeking CIA records that pertain to a classified Senate review of the agency’s now-defunct detention, rendition, and interrogation activities.
That review gained new attention this spring after Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on her panel in an attempt to impede its investigation. The powerful California Democrat, in a blistering 40-minute speech from the Senate floor, attacked the intelligence agency for possibly violating the Constitution by removed key files from computers used by her staff during the probe. She additionally called on the Justice Department to investigate whether the CIA had broken the law.