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CIA Admits to Spying on Senate Computers

It’s long been established that the CIA had spied on Senate staff who were working on the investigation into that agency’s torture program on behalf of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Now the CIA has admitted it and issued what must have been an awkward apology.

In a statement issued Thursday morning, a C.I.A. spokesman said that agency’s inspector general had concluded that C.I.A. officers had acted inappropriately by gaining access to the computers.

The statement said that John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, had apologized to the two senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and that he would set up an internal accountability board to review the matter. The board will be led by former Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana.

The statement gave almost no specifics about the findings of the report, written by David Buckley, the agency’s inspector general.

Officials said there was a tense meeting earlier this week when Mr. Brennan briefed the two senators — Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia. The officials said Ms. Feinstein had confronted Mr. Brennan about past public statements on the issue, in which he defended the agency’s actions.

When the C.I.A.’s monitoring of the committee became public in March, Mr. Brennan said, “When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”

Brennan lied, that much is obvious. And I get it was a tense meeting. Brennan has been a disaster as CIA director and never should have been appointed in the first place.

Comments

  1. lordshipmayhem says

    And I’ll bet in all that time, the CIA didn’t find the computers doing anything wrong. No two computers slipping down to the cloakroom for a bit of “afternoon delight”, no computer trying to take over the Discovery and kill Poole and Bowman, no computer trying to tease Matthew Broderick into playing Global Thermonuclear War.

  2. Artor says

    Isn’t spying on Congress tantamount to treason? Shouldn’t Brennan and the agents involved be facing charges?

  3. says

    @Matty1

    The CIA believe at their core that democracy is the most precious thing in the world. That is why they do so much to make sure we don’t use it too much

  4. Alverant says

    What do you want to bet that the GOP won’t have any problem with this … provided they only spied on Democrats.

  5. says

    Matty #3:

    Can someone tell me again about how the CIA defend democracy?

    Bwahahaha!

    Who said: “there is a sucker born every minute”? Was it the very first agent of the CIA? Might as well have been.

  6. says

    Alverant “What do you want to bet that the GOP won’t have any problem with this … provided they only spied on Democrats.”
    OH COME ON!!! WE TEA BAGGISTS MIGHT BE A LOT OF THINGS BUT AT LEAST WERE CONSISTENT!!!
    AND DID YOU HEAR THE LATEST REVELATION FROM DARRELL ISSA ABOUT THE IRS ONLY REJECTING APPLICATIONS FROM CONSERVATIVE GROUPS?!!! NOW THAT IS AN OUTRAGE!!! WHY ARE YOU NOT OUTRAGED ABOUT THAT INSTEAD OF THIS LITTLE THING WHERE IT WAS MOSTLY MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY?!!!

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