I see McClatchy is reporting:
The CIA Inspector General’s Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned.
That would be
the 6,300-page report on the agency’s use of waterboarding and harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists held in secret overseas prisons. The report is said to be a searing indictment of the program. The CIA has disputed some of the reports findings.
Of course they do. And, something is bound to be incorrect in a 6,300 page report, I would imagine.
McClatchy also has a story stating that the report:
includ[es] a finding that the CIA misled the Bush administration and Congress about the value of the information produced from its controversial interrogation techniques.
Gosh. The intelligence community lying to Congress and the President. That would seem to be a no no.
But, Senate Staffers fight back! (in a third story by McClatchy):
Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s unreleased study of the CIA’s secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency’s fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren’t authorized to have
What were these documents?
Several months after the CIA submitted its official response to the committee report, aides discovered in the database of top-secret documents at CIA headquarters a draft of an internal review ordered by former CIA Director Leon Panetta of the materials released to the panel, said the knowledgeable person.
They determined that it showed that the CIA leadership disputed report findings that they knew were corroborated by the so-called Panetta review, said the knowledgeable person.
In other words, according to McClatchy, CIA leadership was disputing some of the findings of the 6,300 page Senate report when, in fact, the leadership knew that an internal CIA review had confirmed the Senate report's findings. Oops. And, in a bit of an adventuresome and excellent moment, when the CIA brought the security breach to the Senate Committee's attention, the Committee appears to have said something along the lines of, "that's interesting, how did you know that if you weren't supposed to be monitoring what our staffers were doing on those computers?" Double plus ungood oops. Here's a NYTimes story on the same subject for, um, balance.
I'm not sure what to say about all this, other than to note that it seems to confirm what I've heard anecdotally about the Langley folk and their trustworthiness. And also what I've surmised about the tacit deal between the CIA and the DOJ OLC during the early part of the W presidency when it came to waterboarding and the like "we'll lie to you about the facts if you'll lie to us about the law."
There's a whole bunch of other messed up thihgs to talk about in those stories as well.