CIA: My Watchdog Ate My Torture Report -- Spy Agency Blames 'Inadvertent' Deletion On Inspector General

Mon, 16 May 2016 17:00:40 UTC by Alan Duke

it's a bizarre version of the "My dog ate my homework" excuse, but it involves the Central Intelligence Agency and the missing report of the only full copy of what investigators discovered about the spy agency's use of illegal torture technique in the terror war.

The Hill reports:

Like many federal agencies across Washington, the spy agency watchdog was handed a copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee's full, 6,700-page report about the CIA's former methods shortly after it was completed. The full version of the report remains classified, however a 500-page executive summary was released to the public in late 2014.

But at some point last summer, both the electronic copy and a hard disk were destroyed, the watchdog told Congress.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the driving force behind the 2014 report, sent letters to the CIA and Justice Department on Friday confirming that the spy agency's inspector general "has misplaced and/or accidentally destroyed" its copy of the report.

A summary of the report made public in 2014 found that CIA officials "deceived the public, the White House and Congress while brutally interrogating prisoners in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks," according to an earlier Hill report.