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Director Denies CIA Spied on Senate Committee

 

A 2014 Senate report on the U.S. use of torture during the War on Terror reemerged Tuesday during a tense exchange between Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and CIA Director John O. Brennan, when Wyden pressed Brennan to apologize for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers during its investigation of the CIA.

“I apologize to the chairman and the vice chairman about the de minimis access and inappropriate access that CIA officers made to five emails or so of Senate staffers during that investigation, and I apologize to them for that very specific inappropriate action that was taken as a part of a very reasonable investigative action,” Brennan said. “But do not say that we spied on Senate computers or your files. We did not do that. We were fulfilling our responsibilities.”