CIA Admits to Hacking into US Senate Computer Network

CIA Admits to Hacking into US Senate Computer Network

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CIA officers created fake login identities to gain access to the network, all while the Senate was investigating torture and interrogation practices.

It took over four months, but the CIA has finally admitted that it gained access to the US Senate's computer network without permission.

According to the CIA Inspector General's Office, by way of CIA spokesman Dean Boyd, "...some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009."

The "agreement" in question dates back to 2009, when the Intelligence Committee announced it would examine the CIA's torture and interrogation practices used over the previous decade. Following that decision, the committee started looking into database files supplied by the CIA, only to find out later that the agency was monitoring Senate staffers assigned to the task.

This, in turn, led to a March Senate address by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), in which she accused the CIA of monitoring Senate computers.

While these accusations were vehemently denied by CIA Director John Brennan, he has since met with Feinstein and other committee members to apologize.

The Inspector General's report, now declassified, will soon be available to the public. The report concludes that "...the use of the harsh interrogation techniques produced little valuable intelligence."

Source: McClatchyDC | NYT

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Title is a bit misleading, they didn't quite hack into the Senate's network but rather spied on the Senate staffers who had been given access to the CIA network.

Still very wrong, but quite a bit different than what the title suggests.

Man, it is great that there's plenty of oversight and procedures in place in our spy agencies so that their power can't be abused behind the backs of the very people who claim their agencies will follow law and due process without outside enforcement.

...right?

"produced little valuable intelligence."

It's almost like people will say anything they think you want to hear when you're torturing them, even if they don't actually know the answers to the questions you're asking. Which could totally misdirect your investigative efforts. Imagine that.

is anything likely to come of it ?

Heh the CIA has committed high treason and will no doubt get away with it, surprise surprise.

Well well fucking well. If everyday folks even attempted to do that (or at this rate use tor. or Google it), how quick do you think it will be before your home is raided and you are arrested and charged under some terrorism law?

But good news everyone, they will get away with it any way and all of this will be brushed under the carpet so fast and distract us with Justin Bieber headline/breaking news for doing stupid shit... again.

Sleekit:
is anything likely to come of it ?

They'll get away without anything more severe than the threat of a slap on the wrist. Because terrorism.

On the one hand, if there's any US government organization that needs spying on, it's the Senate. The problem is that if there's any US government organization that needs spying on, it's the CIA.

Actually these sentences really should just end in [insert US government organization here].

"We would like to state, in unequivocal terms, that we are not hiding dead hookers in the trunk of the car."

<click squeaaaak>

"...Oh, that dead hooker? Heh heh..."

The CIA, ladies and gentlemen. Disgustingly sinister, when they're not busy being clowncar.

This makes me wonder which US agency is gonna be revealed to have broken a bazillion laws next. How many are left anyway?

Guessing these goons get away scotfree or with only a slap on the wrist too.

Halyah:
This makes me wonder which US agency is gonna be revealed to have broken a bazillion laws next. How many are left anyway?

Guessing these goons get away scotfree or with only a slap on the wrist too.

"EPA found drowning small animals in oil spill."

"Coast guard patrolling mountain passes."

"Senate passes a reasonable law."

Once again, we see why citizens should not trust the government, and that the common people need to get together and demand change in the structure, and less bickering among each other. It sucks that people in these positions aren't accountable for their actions, while those who are in menial jobs can get fired for the most minor thing or in some cases nothing at all.

LostCrusader:

Halyah:
This makes me wonder which US agency is gonna be revealed to have broken a bazillion laws next. How many are left anyway?

Guessing these goons get away scotfree or with only a slap on the wrist too.

"EPA found drowning small animals in oil spill."

"Coast guard patrolling mountain passes."

"Senate passes a reasonable law."

hey now, let's not get too crazy.

OT: I find it a bit hypocritical, the U.S. Government defends spying on citizens for national security, and yet politicians get all pissy when they themselves get spied on.

you know what they say about people with things to hide, right?

 

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