CIA admits search of Senate committee's computers

The Central Intelligence Agency has admitted its employees broke into computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate harsh interrogation techniques.

In a statement on Thursday, the CIA said its inspector general found that agency employees acted inappropriately by breaking into the computers. The matter will be turned over to an internal accountability board led by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ill. McClatchy News, the New York Times and the Washington Post have stories.

CIA Director John Brennan apologized to two committee members, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., according to the statement.

Feinstein had complained in March that the CIA may have undermined Congress’ oversight function and violated federal laws when it when it searched the committee computers. The agency employees were trying to learn how Senate staffers obtained a secret CIA review of the interrogation program.

At that time, Brennan had denied that the CIA hacked into the computers.

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy and the ABA Code of Conduct.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.