US Senate Intelligence Committee is not involved into $40 million spending to complete the study into CIA’s detention and interrogation program, the Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said in a press release.
“The Senate Intelligence Committee study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program was completed entirely with existing committee resources,” the press release issued Wednesday reads. “The overwhelming majority of the $40 million cost was incurred by the CIA and was caused by the CIA’s own unprecedented demands to keep documents away from the committee.”
Feinstein stressed that «the CIA insisted on establishing a separate leased facility and a «stand-alone» computer network for committee use» instead of using the secure Senate office.
Feinstein also added that she repeatedly objected to this «unprecedented» practice that caused unnecessary delays and incurred major costs.
Moreover, the CIA arrangement at the off-site CIA facility «allowed CIA personnel to remove documents it had provided for the committee’s use and to inappropriately gain access to the committee staff’s computer network and email,” Feinstein added.
On Tuesday, the US Senate Intelligence Committee released the so-called CIA «torture report,” a summary of the detailed investigation into the CIA Detention and Interrogation program that in some cases included torture practices.
After the report’s release, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Saxby Chambliss took the floor and criticized the release of classified information on torture accusing Feinstein of spending $40 million to investigate into the CIA program.