The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has actually admitted to something very sneaky.
The CIA conceded that several accusations in a searing Senate Intelligence Committee investigation were true, despite previously criticizing investigators for a “skewed” report.
The committee’s 6,700-page report from 2013 on the agency’s torture program revealed that the CIA mismanaged and abused interrogation authorities, subjected detainees to torturous interrogation methods without approval and misled Congress, the Justice Department and the White House about the program, Buzzfeed reports.
When the report was initially released, the agency rejected several of the study’s claims; however, in December 2014 the agency — alongside its formal response to the Senate investigation —“corrected” some errors from their previous response.
“Senior CIA officials who have since been promoted vehemently denied these facts in the summer of 2013,” said a source with knowledge of the Intelligence Committee’s report. “Having the CIA officially admit, to at least some of the factual inaccuracies in their response, is significant.”
Though the document with the corrections was submitted in 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee just became aware of its existence in the last week.
Apparently, the document wasn’t formally given or flagged separately for the committee. What’s the point of fixing errors if no one knows about it?
Among the CIA’s quiet corrections are that it did in fact misrepresent the importance of information obtained from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, known informally as “KSM,” and in some cases, already had certain information that it had previously said was “unavailable” prior to KSM providing it, according to Buzzfeed.
Within the document titled “Note To Readers” the CIA also admits to a few other inconsistencies regarding Intel they received from detainees among several other misrepresentations and information that was withheld from their own leadership.
“These are significant admissions by the CIA that should not have been hidden in an obscure endnote,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, a prominent Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “Director Brennan has tried to insist that the CIA did not provide policymakers with false information about torture, but these corrections seem to be an admission that they did so, and did so repeatedly.”
It may not come as a surprise that there are lies and corruption in the CIA; however, the admissions in its note speak to its ability to acknowledge the agency's shortcomings — despite the fact that they tried to slide them in undetected.
Let’s face it, who really wants to fess up to the truth after maintaining a flat-out lie for more than a year?
At least we know now that suspicions about the CIA misleading the American public are true.
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