Senator: CIA trying to whitewash 'torture' doc

The CIA is trying to cover up key facts by blacking out every single pseudonym in a controversial upcoming report on the agency’s former interrogation methods, one of the agency’s loudest critics said on Friday.

The upcoming “torture report,” which is expected to give harsh details about former agency tactics such as waterboarding, would be made incomprehensible if the CIA got what it wanted, Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDefense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Lobbying groups ask Congress for help on Trump tariffs MORE (D-Ore.) said.

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“It is entirely appropriate to redact specific identifying information that would reveal an undercover officer’s secret identity — that’s not what’s at issue here,” Wyden said in a statement. “The CIA is demanding that every single pseudonym in this report be blacked out.”

“That would be unprecedented and unacceptable.” 

An unclassified version of the 6,300-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” and detention techniques has been repeatedly delayed, as lawmakers and the Obama administration battle over what information should be redacted from the public version.

Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee did not take part in the investigation and dispute its findings in a dissenting report that will also be released to the public.

The Democratic report is expected to contain new details about the Bush administration-era practices, many of which President Obama has called torture.

Opposition from the CIA officials both past and present has delayed release of the document for months, and it is unclear when the report could finally be released.   

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough personally visited Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) at her home earlier this month to discuss the details of the report’s redactions, which she and others have said are too broad and obscure the facts.

“This report is about mistakes, misdeeds and falsehoods that were repeated over a period of years,” Wyden said on Friday. “If you don’t know whether they were repeated by different officials each time, or by the same officials over and over, you really don’t know the full story,” he added.