CIA Sued for Failing to Disclose Senate Torture-Probe Records

The lawsuit comes as the administration is close to declassifying a Senate report on the agency’s one-time interrogation techniques.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) walks off the Senate floor after speaking about the CIA on March 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Feinstein who is Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has accused the CIA of secretly removing documents from computers used by the committee. 
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Dustin Volz
June 24, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

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.


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