The architect of the Senate’s landmark inquiry into Central Intelligence Agency torture is denouncing an unusual demand from her successor to return all classified copies of the investigation.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who relinquished the chairmanship of the intelligence committee when Republicans took control of the Senate this month, said she objects to Senator Richard Burr’s request that the Obama administration return all copies of the full, 6,000-plus-page classified study.
“I strongly disagree that the administration should relinquish copies of the full committee study, which contains far more detailed records than the public executive summary,” Feinstein said in a statement late on Tuesday.
“Doing so would limit the ability to learn lessons from this sad chapter in America’s history and omit from the record two years of work, including changes made to the committee’s 2012 report following extensive discussion with the CIA.”
In an extraordinary epilogue to the battle between the Senate intelligence committee and the CIA over the torture report, new chairman Burr, a North Carolina Republican, requested that administration agencies return to the committee all copies of the full report, as well as a much-disputed internal CIA document prepared for ex-director Leon Panetta. Feinstein and committee Democrats claim the Panetta report bolsters their case that CIA torture was more brutal and less effective than the agency portrayed.