CIA Clears Itself And Our Long National Nightmare Is Over
January 15, 2015

I don't know about you, but I feel much better now!

An internal CIA review concluded that agency employees committed no wrongdoing when they surreptitiously searched a computer system used by Senate investigators in a multiyear probe of the agency’s brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects.

The CIA panel found that “no disciplinary actions are warranted” for agency lawyers and computer experts who were involved in the incident, which led to an extraordinary public rupture between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee last year.

[...] The dispute centers on the committee’s discovery in 2010 of an internal CIA report commissioned by then-director Leon E. Panetta that in many aspects agreed with the Senate committee’s damning conclusions about how the interrogation program was run. A senior aide on the Senate panel secretly made a copy of the document and took it to Capitol Hill without informing the agency.

[...] The determination that no employees should face discipline is also likely to anger lawmakers and critics who have repeatedly chastised the agency for a seeming unwillingness to hold its employees accountable, even in cases of botched counterterrorism operations and egregious abuse.

The board found it was a "mistake," not malfeasance when the CIA removed almost 900 documents. Whew!

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