2014-03-22T021829Z_1_CBREA2L06EW00_RTROPTP_2_USA-SECURITY-BRENNAN

CIA chief vows fast review of declassifying interrogation report

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan arrives to deliver remarks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the CIA on Friday promised a quick review of whether a Senate report on the agency’s use of “enhanced interrogation” methods on foreign terrorism suspects can be released on an unclassified basis, apparently moving to reduce tensions with the CIA’s congressional overseers. CIA Director John Brennan’s statement, contained in a message distributed to CIA employees, comes amid a fierce dispute over whether members of the spy agency secretly monitored a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of the detention and interrogation policies used under former Republican President George W. Bush. In the message, Brennan praised committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, who on March 11 accused the CIA of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law. Feinstein, a Democrat, said the CIA had searched computers used by committee staffers examining CIA documents when researching the agency’s counterterrorism operations and its use of interrogation methods such as simulated drowning, or “waterboarding.” Brennan, in a message made available to Reuters by a U.S. official, said that Feinstein and the other leaders of the two congressional intelligence panels “carry out their oversight responsibilities with great dedication and patriotism.” He added that “the CIA has benefited over the years from their leadership as well as their strong support for CIA programs and employees.” “I expect the Committee will submit at least some portion of the report to the CIA for classification review, and, if that happens, CIA will carry out the review expeditiously.

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