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article imageCIA director apologizes to Senate for accessing documents

By Larry Clifton     Jul 31, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Another Obama appointee, CIA Director John Brennan, is in serious trouble inside the Beltway. Brennan has apologized for CIA involvement with White House aides who improperly accessed Senate documents.
CIA employees embedded in the Obama administration allegedly spied on the Senate by searching their computers, which led to a Senate investigation and the subsequent apology by the CIA chief.
While Brennan claimed that the CIA employees involved would be punished, if need be, Senate Democrats and Republicans alike are enraged and are calling for Brennan’s head. Meanwhile, Pres. Obama’s Justice Department has taken no action.
Senate Democrats already distancing themselves from the administration as midterm elections loom, are not satisfied with Brennan’s apology.
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said he has "lost confidence" in Brennan, and has insisted the administration call for an independent investigation. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called for a "public apology" from Brennan, as opposed to the behind-closed-doors apology issued Thursday.
An investigative report concluded "that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between" the committee and the CIA in 2009 regarding access to a shared classified computer network. In short, unauthorized CIA and White House employees allegedly accessed Senate documents.
Senate aides claim the CIA used classified "hacking tools" and created a fake user account to access Senate computer files and documents.
Meanwhile, CIA operatives claim hacking tools were not used to gain access to Senate files. The Justice Department led by embattled Obama appointee Eric Holder has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees.
According to a Fox News report, an anonymous official in the government claimed “there was no malicious intent behind the CIA actions, but simply an effort to account for documents believed to have been improperly accessed.”
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