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Sen. Dianne Feinstein claims CIA spied on Senate computers

By Kyle Johnson,

Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the Central Intelligence Agency of spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee by going through their computers.

The California senator says that as the CIA snooped around on the committee's computers, they also removed files, reports The Washington Post.

"I am not taking it lightly," she said as she feels what the CIA has allegedly done is an attempt at intimidation.

Feinstein noted in her public accusation that she asked for both an apology and acknowledgement from the CIA for their actions, but "I have received neither."

Feinstein also noted that she has contacted the Justice Department about possibly pursuing criminal action against the CIA. The Democratic senator believes that what the agency has done violated the Constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment, which protects from unreasonable searches and seizures.

In addition to the Fourth Amendment there is also the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Executive Order 12333 that the CIA would have violated in accessing and removing files, according to Reuters.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," CIA head John Brennan said as he disputed the claims.

The Senate Intelligence Committee and CIA have butted heads recently as the former released a report that says the CIA went too far in interrogation techniques and detention of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

image: By USGov (feinstein.senate.gov, web archive from 2004-10) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 
 

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