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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. 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. The conclusion of the report pointed out that the CIA did use cruel and unusual techniques if prisoners did not provide key information. The methods used included slapping, humiliation, exposure to cold, sleep deprivation and waterboarding.
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?"
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. 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.
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. A number of lawmakers immediately called for 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." Sen. Saxby Chambliss (D-GA) left the discipline to the CIA, 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.
Statements about the report
August 1, 2014: During a weekly press conference prior to the release of the official report, President Barack Obama acknowledged that the U.S. had "tortured some folks."
Senators and representatives
August 1, 2014: Sen. Dianne Feinstein stated that she believed the Americans would find the report "far more systematic and widespread than we thought."
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- Central Intelligence Agency
- John Brennan
- U.S. Department of State
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
- Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
- Sen. Mark Udall (R-CO)
- United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)
- United States Senate
- The Guardian, "CIA initially 'kept Colin Powell in the dark' about torture practices," July 30, 2014
- Business Insider, "The White House Accidentally Emailed Reporters Talking Points About The Still-Classified CIA Torture Report," July 30, 2014
- Associated Press, "Topline Messages (as proposed by State)," accessed August 1, 2014
- Wall Street Journal, "Investigation Finds CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers," July 31, 2014
- Christian-Science Monitor, CIA admits to spying on Senate Intelligence Committee," July 31, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers," March 11, 2014
- CNN, "CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee," July 31, 2014