Sen. Wyden questions CIA Director about ‘improperly accessed’ Senate files

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Washington D.C. — Senator Ron Wyden went toe-to-toe with CIA Director John Brennan on national TV Tuesday in Washington D.C.

The two men were discussing the CIA’s improper search of Senate files at a rare open hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday.

The Senate files under question were reportedly accessed by the CIA in 2014 while they were investigating possible torture during the George W. Bush administration.

While addressing the “improperly accessed” Senate files, Wyden said, “When you’re talking about spying on the committee responsible for overseeing your agency, in my view that undermines the very checks and balances that protect our democracy and it is unacceptable in a free society.”

Sen. Wyden also requested Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to provide an analysis of a Harvard University report which disputes claims that intelligence and law enforcement agencies are increasingly “going dark” as a result of advancing technologies.

CIA Inspector General’s Report of Investigation

Don’t Panic,” a report on encryption by the Berkman Center at Harvard University

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