Spying Spat Stalls CIA Nominee

The CIA and a Senate committee are currently in a back-and-forth over alleged spying by the agency.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. An accomplished mountaineer, Udall has climbed Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, and Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world. He also scaled the north face, though he did not reach the top, of Mount Everest.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
March 12, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

The fight between the CIA and the Sen­ate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee has claimed a new vic­tim.

Sen. Mark Ud­all, D-Colo., is pla­cing a hold on Car­oline Krass’s nom­in­a­tion to be the in­tel­li­gence agency’s top law­yer, Ud­all’s of­fice told NBC News.

The two sides are feud­ing over al­leg­a­tions that the CIA hacked com­puters used by In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee staffers as they worked on a long-an­ti­cip­ated re­port about the agency’s in­ter­rog­a­tion tac­tics. Com­mit­tee Chair­wo­man Di­anne Fein­stein said Tues­day from the Sen­ate floor that the she be­lieves the al­leged activ­it­ies might have vi­ol­ated the Con­sti­tu­tion. CIA Dir­ect­or John Bren­nan has denied Fein­stein’s ac­cus­a­tions.

And Krass told mem­bers of the com­mit­tee last year dur­ing her con­firm­a­tion hear­ing that Con­gress shouldn’t be giv­en ac­cess to doc­u­ments that over­see CIA activ­it­ies, in­clud­ing its con­tro­ver­sial drone pro­gram.

NBC News didn’t elab­or­ate on why Ud­all is pla­cing the hold, and his of­fice didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.