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U.S. Senate leader orders probe of alleged CIA computer hacking

By Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leader of the U.S. Senate on Thursday ordered an investigation into what he called an "indefensible" breach of the Senate Intelligence Committee's computers by the CIA. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said accusations that the Central Intelligence Agency spied on the panel's computers as it investigated the use of harsh interrogation techniques raised concerns about possible violations of the Constitution.

FBI evaluating complaints about hacking by CIA, Senate panel: sources

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is evaluating separate criminal referrals sent to the Justice Department by the CIA in its dispute with Senate investigators over access to documents about the agency's "enhanced interrogation" practices, officials familiar with the matter said.

U.S. Senate Intelligence Republican says many questions on CIA issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday there were still many unanswered questions about allegations that the CIA spied on the panel, and suggested a special investigator might be needed on the issue. "Although people speak as though we know all the pertinent facts about this matter, the truth is, we don't," Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss said in remarks on the Senate floor.

White House tried to mediate dispute between Senate panel, CIA: source

By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House tried to mediate between the CIA and the Senate panel that oversees it after both sides alleged they were spied on by the other over a Bush-era interrogation program, a source familiar with the discussion told Reuters. The involvement of the White House's most senior lawyer indicates President Barack Obama's interest in ending the increasingly bitter dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Obama pledges to declassify CIA interrogations report

President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to declassify a report on CIA interrogations that sparked a fierce public row between the spy agency and a top senator. Obama also said that claims that the CIA snooped in on computers used by the Senate Intelligence committee as it probed the agency's interrogations of George W. Bush era terror suspects had been properly handled by chief John Brennan.

Senator's spy claims chill CIA-Congress relations

A top US lawmaker's hotly disputed charge that the CIA illegally spied on Senate staff has roiled the intelligence community, fraying ties between the agency and its overseers in Congress. Senator Dianne Feinstein brought what had been a behind-the-scenes spat into the public glare Tuesday with her furious broadside against the Central Intelligence Agency, saying its agents searched computers used by staffers investigating its interrogation methods.

Spat erupts over claim CIA spied on US Senate panel

A public row erupted Tuesday between the CIA and the US lawmakers who oversee its intelligence work, with the agency's director angrily denying claims it spied on Senate staff. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein launched an attack on the Central Intelligence Agency, accusing it of searching computers used by staffers investigating CIA interrogation methods. "I have grave concerns that the CIA's search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution," Feinstein declared on the Senate floor.

Senator says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

By Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle (Reuters) - A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law. Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the CIA's handling of her panel's investigation into a Bush-era interrogation and detention program that began after the September 11, 2001, attacks but was only made public in 2006.

CIA says it did not infiltrate Senate committee computers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA did not infiltrate computers of the Senate committee investigating the agency's interrogation and detention program for terrorism suspects, CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday. "Nothing could be further from the truth. We wouldn't do that," Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations.

U.S. Justice Department reviews dispute between CIA and Senate panel

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department and FBI are looking into a dispute over Senate investigators' access to what the Central Intelligence Agency regarded as highly privileged and sensitive documents about its use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques, sources familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday.
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