NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden pushed back against CIA claims Wednesday that the recent destruction of the Senate’s torture report was done so by accident.
As reported Monday, an intelligence source speaking with Yahoo News revealed that the CIA inspector general’s office deleted both an “uploaded computer file with the report” as well as “a disk that also contained the document.”
Snowden, who worked as a cybersecurity expert for the CIA prior to his time as an NSA contractor, insinuated that the document’s destruction was anything but accidental.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 18, 2016
The 6,700-page report includes thousands of secret documents, “including original CIA cables and memos, on the agency’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other aggressive interrogation methods” at “black site” prisons across the globe.
Speaking with Yahoo News, Douglas Cox, a professor at City University of New York School of Law who researches the preservation of federal records, expressed bewilderment at the CIA’s actions.
“It’s breathtaking that this could have happened, especially in the inspector general’s office — they’re the ones that are supposed to be providing accountability within the agency itself,” Cox said. “It makes you wonder what was going on over there?”
After being informed of the document’s disappearance by Yahoo News, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein sent letters to the CIA and Justice Department Friday demanding answers.
“Your prompt response will allay my concern that this was more than an ‘accident,’” Feinstein told CIA Director John Brennan. “The CIA IG should have a copy of the full study because the report includes extensive information directly related to the IG’s ongoing oversight of the CIA.”
Although a 500-page executive summary on CIA torture was released publicly in 2014, the full version of the report remains classified to this day.