CIA ‘torture report’ could be out Monday

A long awaited Senate report on the CIA’s former “enhanced interrogation" techniques could be out by Monday.

Vice News reported Jason Leopold, who has a longstanding Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Obama administration over the so-called “torture report,” tweeted on Wednesday that the report should be out at the beginning of next week.

“Senate report on CIA interrogation program will be released MONDAY, govt atty just told my atty in my #FOIA case for the rpt,” he tweeted

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Leopold added that the government was set to respond to his case on Friday, but that a Justice Department attorney told his lawyer that it will just wait for the Senate’s report to come out next week.

“The plan is to release it on Monday,” a Justice Department attorney told Leopold’s attorney, he reported. “But it’s not within our control.” 

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) confirmed that the report would be out “next week,” but declined to say whether or not that meant Monday.

A spokesman for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the report, but Feinstein has recently told reporters to expect the report in coming days.

The report is an unclassified summary of a much more comprehensive 6,000-page analysis about the CIA’s use of water-boarding, sleep deprivation and other highly controversial programs. The analysis is expected to contain brutal details showing that the programs were more widespread and less effective than many Americans have come to believe.

President Obama has called many of the programs torture, and has said that it is important for the country to confront its history.

The report has been expected out for months but was caught up in a long dispute between Capitol Hill and the Obama administration over redaction of key facts. Some lawmakers have said that the administration’s heavy use of redactions had made the report virtually unreadable. 

Feinstein on Wednesday said that the disagreements over the report have “pretty much” been resolved. 

—This post was updated at 6:40 p.m.