The Central Intelligence Agency admitted Thursday to inappropriately spying on Senate Intelligence Committee computers over a report about the agency’s post-9/11 imprisonment and interrogation tactics.
Citing an internal investigation into the matter, an agency spokesman said in a statement that CIA Inspector General David Buckley found officers acted inappropriately when they accessed the computers of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers to learn the contents of a potentially damaging report on the George W. Bush administration’s war-on-terror tactics.
CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate Intelligence Committee members Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss over the incident, according to the New York Times, and plans to implement a review board to look deeper into how it occurred. The statement did not go into detail about the agency IG’s investigation.
The agency dug through Senate computers to find out how the committee obtained information from the agency’s internal review of its detention and interrogation programs.