CIA flexes its muscle

No Surprise: Board Clears CIA Officials of Wrongdoing in Senate Case

Source: Jonathan Zhou | Epoch Times |

The five CIA personnel involved in improperly accessing the database of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) during its investigation of the agency’s interrogation program will not be disciplined, the agency said today.

“The Board found that no discipline was warranted for the five CIA personnel under review because they acted reasonably under the complex and unprecedented circumstances involved in investigating a potential security breach in the highly classified shared computer network,” former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who led the Accountability Board that reviewed the matter, said in a statement on Wednesday.

CIA director John Brennan asked Bayh to chair the board, which also included former White House Counsel Bob Bauer and three senior career CIA officers.

The review was conducted months after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the CIA of spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee in March, after Senate staffers had obtained classified documents they were not authorized to have. The CIA admitted in July that some agency employees “acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding.”

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