It’s long been established that the CIA had spied on Senate staff who were working on the investigation into that agency’s torture program on behalf of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Now the CIA has admitted it and issued what must have been an awkward apology.
In a statement issued Thursday morning, a C.I.A. spokesman said that agency’s inspector general had concluded that C.I.A. officers had acted inappropriately by gaining access to the computers.
The statement said that John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, had apologized to the two senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and that he would set up an internal accountability board to review the matter. The board will be led by former Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana.The statement gave almost no specifics about the findings of the report, written by David Buckley, the agency’s inspector general.
Officials said there was a tense meeting earlier this week when Mr. Brennan briefed the two senators — Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia. The officials said Ms. Feinstein had confronted Mr. Brennan about past public statements on the issue, in which he defended the agency’s actions.
When the C.I.A.’s monitoring of the committee became public in March, Mr. Brennan said, “When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”
Brennan lied, that much is obvious. And I get it was a tense meeting. Brennan has been a disaster as CIA director and never should have been appointed in the first place.