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Congress Claims CIA Spied On Investigation of Agency's Secret Interrogation and Detention Program

| by Allison Geller

The Central Intelligence Agency is fighting with Congress over a Senate report detailing a secret CIA detention and interrogation program.

The report, which has yet to be released, is over 6,300 pages and contains details about CIA use of waterboarding and other torture techniques on terrorism suspects, a McClatchy investigation reveals. The CIA denies some of the findings.

The committee that prepared the report is also claiming that the CIA monitored computers it gave them for the purpose of reviewing documents—an act of spying.

The White House has not yet intervened on the tug-of-war between the agency and Congress as it too hangs on to top-secret CIA documents that could be integral to the report.

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Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday that seemed to urge the White House to allow for the release of the report.

“As you are aware, the CIA has recently taken unprecedented action against the committee in relation to the internal CIA review and I find these actions to be incredibly troubling for the committee’s oversight responsibilities and for our democracy,” Udall wrote. “It is essential that the committee be able to do its oversight work – consistent with our constitutional principle of the separation of powers – without the CIA posing impediments or obstacles as it is today.”

According to the New York Times, the Senate investigation took four years and cost $40 million, in part because the CIA made it so difficult to complete. It required that a group of outside contractors review classified documents before committee members could do so, and only at a secure facility in Northern Virginia.

Sources: McClatchy, New York Times