Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network

Mar 11, 2014 1:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the CIA says his agency has not hacked into Senate computers, and that it isn't trying to stop an Intelligence Committee report on the alleged use of torture by the CIA in terror investigations during the Bush administration.

The dispute was aired publicly today on the Senate floor by the chairwoman of the committee, Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California. She accused the CIA of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network that was set up for lawmakers involved in the investigation.

Feinstein says the matter has been referred to the Justice Department.

In her lengthy remarks on the Senate floor, Feinstein said the search in January raised grave concerns that constitutional rights were violated.

Feinstein said the CIA searched the network this past January.

The CIA provided the computers to congressional staffers in a secure room at its headquarters so that the committee could review millions of pages of top secret documents.

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