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CIA admits hacking U.S. Senate computers

CIA admits hacking U.S. Senate computers
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It turns out we're not the only ones who have to worry about government computer spying. An internal investigation by the CIA found that members of the agency illegally accessed Senate computers and read emails.

The report comes from the CIA Inspector General, who was looking into the possibility that agents spied on senators from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Committee issued a report earlier this year accusing the CIA of using illegal or inhuman interrogation and detention practices under the administration of President George W. Bush.

The report by the agency’s inspector general also found that C.I.A. officers read the emails of the Senate investigators and sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on false information, according to a summary of findings made public on Thursday. One official with knowledge of the report’s conclusions said the investigation also discovered that the officers created a false online identity to gain access on more than one occasion to computers used by the committee staff.

The senators had been preparing their report for over five years and released some of their findings in March. Since then the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein have traded accusations against one another.

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