Feinstein still waiting for CIA apology

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday it was troubling that the CIA hadn’t yet apologized to her for allegedly removing files from a computer network congressional staffers were using to investigate the agency’s enhanced interrogation practices.

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“This is a serious issue,” Feinstein said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I have asked for an apology and a statement that it would never happen again. I’ve not received that as of this day. That’s of concern to me.”

The California Democrat noted that she had not done any press since her 40-minute floor speech earlier this month and repeatedly declined to answer questions about the agency’s behavior.

“The speech was carefully put together. I believe it was accurate. I believe those words should stand,” Feinstein said.

But she pushed back at the suggestion from some in the intelligence community that the Senate investigators knew that the CIA held “audit” capabilities that would allow them to remove files errantly put on the computer network for congressional review.

“That is not correct, and I really do not want to discuss it further,” Feinstein said.

The CIA has charged that Senate staffers improperly gained access to an internal document reviewing agency interrogation practices, although it is unclear how they gained access to the file.

Feinstein has suggested a whistleblower might have placed the document on the server or that it was accidentally included in documents turned over by the agency. She has also said the agency attempted to intimidate congressional staffers by referring the dispute to the Department of Justice.

On Sunday, Feinstein said that, despite the high-profile dispute, she and the CIA were still “on speaking terms” and that they continued to cooperate on other intelligence issues, including the civil war in Syria.