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The CIA's inspector general discovered that several CIA employees "improperly accessed or caused access" to the [[United States Senate|Senate]] [[United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)|Intelligence Committee]] computers that were used while investigating the CIA's interrogation tactics.<ref name="wsjhackingreport">[http://online.wsj.com/articles/investigation-faults-cia-employees-in-agency-feud-with-senate-panel-1406822353 ''Wall Street Journal'', "Investigation Finds CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers," July 31, 2014]</ref> Two lawyers and three computer experts were found to be the culprits of the CIA's snooping. Brennan supposedly put an end to the practice following an internal investigation, but the CIA's office of security opened another investigation, this one unauthorized, that led to the reading of congressional staffers' emails. Brennan apologized to the Senate for the intrusion on July 31, 2014, and followed up, ordering an internal accountability board look into the action of those involved in the spying operation and determine whether discipline was warranted. A summary of the inspector general's report did not reveal who ordered the operation.<ref name="csminitial">[http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0731/CIA-admits-to-spying-on-Senate-intelligence-committee ''Christian-Science Monitor," July 31, 2014]</ref>
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The CIA's inspector general discovered that several CIA employees "improperly accessed or caused access" to the [[United States Senate|Senate]] [[United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)|Intelligence Committee]] computers that were used while investigating the CIA's interrogation tactics.<ref name="wsjhackingreport">[http://online.wsj.com/articles/investigation-faults-cia-employees-in-agency-feud-with-senate-panel-1406822353 ''Wall Street Journal'', "Investigation Finds CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers," July 31, 2014]</ref> Two lawyers and three computer experts were found to be the culprits of the CIA's snooping. CIA Director [[John Brennan]] supposedly put an end to the practice following an internal investigation, but the CIA's office of security opened another investigation, this one unauthorized, that led to the reading of congressional staffers' emails. Brennan apologized to the Senate for the intrusion on July 31, 2014, and followed up, ordering an internal accountability board look into the action of those involved in the spying operation and determine whether discipline was warranted. A summary of the inspector general's report did not reveal who ordered the operation.<ref name="csminitial">[http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0731/CIA-admits-to-spying-on-Senate-intelligence-committee ''Christian-Science Monitor," July 31, 2014]</ref>
  
 
Sen. [[Dianne Feinstein]] (D-CA) accused the CIA of the spying in March 2014, suggesting the CIA had "violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution," but the inspector general's findings were not released until July 31, 2014.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/feinstein-cia-searched-intelligence-committee-computers/2014/03/11/982cbc2c-a923-11e3-8599-ce7295b6851c_story.html ''The Washington Post'', "Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers," March 11, 2014]</ref><ref name="wsjhackingreport"/> A number of lawmakers immediately called for CIA Director [[John Brennan]]'s resignation upon hearing of the news, with Sen. [[Mark Udall]] (D-CO) claiming the "CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences."<ref name="wsjhackingreport"/> Sen. [[Saxby Chambliss]] (D-GA) left the discipline to the Brennan, stating, "Obviously this is a very serious situation and these are serious violations. The individuals who breached the (committee) computer, I think, are going to have to be dealt with, I think, very harshly by the CIA. But it's in the director's hands.<ref>[http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/31/politics/cia-spying-senate-apologize/index.html ''CNN'', "CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee," July 31, 2014]</ref>
 
Sen. [[Dianne Feinstein]] (D-CA) accused the CIA of the spying in March 2014, suggesting the CIA had "violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution," but the inspector general's findings were not released until July 31, 2014.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/feinstein-cia-searched-intelligence-committee-computers/2014/03/11/982cbc2c-a923-11e3-8599-ce7295b6851c_story.html ''The Washington Post'', "Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers," March 11, 2014]</ref><ref name="wsjhackingreport"/> A number of lawmakers immediately called for CIA Director [[John Brennan]]'s resignation upon hearing of the news, with Sen. [[Mark Udall]] (D-CO) claiming the "CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences."<ref name="wsjhackingreport"/> Sen. [[Saxby Chambliss]] (D-GA) left the discipline to the Brennan, stating, "Obviously this is a very serious situation and these are serious violations. The individuals who breached the (committee) computer, I think, are going to have to be dealt with, I think, very harshly by the CIA. But it's in the director's hands.<ref>[http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/31/politics/cia-spying-senate-apologize/index.html ''CNN'', "CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee," July 31, 2014]</ref>

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Portions of an investigation of the interrogation methods of the Central Intelligence Agency after September 11, 2001, were made public on July 30, 2014, while the full report was expected to be released at some point in August.[1]

Report findings

The 6,300 page report found that former Secretary of State Colin Powell and many U.S. ambassadors abroad were not initially told of harsh interrogation tactics being used on potential terrorists at "black sites" in foreign countries. Powell was eventually informed of the tactics and sat in on meetings during which they were discussed.[1] While some ambassadors were told of the interrogations in their countries, they were also told not to say anything to their superiors about the methods or the secret prison sites.[2] The conclusion of the report pointed out that the CIA did use cruel and unusual techniques if prisoners did not provide key information.[1] The methods used included slapping, humiliation, exposure to cold, sleep deprivation and waterboarding.[2]

White House talking points

The White House accidentally released a list of talking points to the Associated Press while preparing for the public release of the report. Among the statements, was one proposed by the State Department, claiming, "This report tells a story of which no American is proud. But it is also part of another story of which we can be proud. America’s democratic system worked just as it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values." The talking points also posed questions that the administration might face following the report's release, including, "Will the Justice Department revisit its decision not to prosecute anyone?"[3]

Senate computers hacked by CIA

The CIA's inspector general discovered that several CIA employees "improperly accessed or caused access" to the Senate Intelligence Committee computers that were used while investigating the CIA's interrogation tactics.[4] Two lawyers and three computer experts were found to be the culprits of the CIA's snooping. CIA Director John Brennan supposedly put an end to the practice following an internal investigation, but the CIA's office of security opened another investigation, this one unauthorized, that led to the reading of congressional staffers' emails. Brennan apologized to the Senate for the intrusion on July 31, 2014, and followed up, ordering an internal accountability board look into the action of those involved in the spying operation and determine whether discipline was warranted. A summary of the inspector general's report did not reveal who ordered the operation.[5]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) accused the CIA of the spying in March 2014, suggesting the CIA had "violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution," but the inspector general's findings were not released until July 31, 2014.[6][4] A number of lawmakers immediately called for CIA Director John Brennan's resignation upon hearing of the news, with Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) claiming the "CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences."[4] Sen. Saxby Chambliss (D-GA) left the discipline to the Brennan, stating, "Obviously this is a very serious situation and these are serious violations. The individuals who breached the (committee) computer, I think, are going to have to be dealt with, I think, very harshly by the CIA. But it's in the director's hands.[7]

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