Portions of the Senate's long-awaited report on Bush-era interrogation practices are poised to be released, according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
On Thursday night, Feinstein said the CIA and the Obama administration have agreed that portions of her committee's exhaustive, 6,000-page report should be shared with the public. News of the agreement follows an intense struggle between the CIA and lawmakers that will likely shape how history views one of the most controversial periods in the post-9/11 era, when the CIA used tactics that President Obama and others have condemned as torture in an attempt to elicit information about terrorism.
"I am pleased the CIA and Obama administration have agreed that a portion of the report should be made public," Feinstein said in a statement. "The committee will vote shortly to adopt and release the executive summary, findings and conclusions which will reflect the CIA's comments as appropriate."
The report is the product of three year's work and $40 million in preparation costs. Ever since its completion there's been strong disagreement among intelligence officials and lawmakers over how much information the public should be allowed to read, in large part because there's no agreement on the findings. Officials familiar with the report tell The Cable it is deeply flawed and inaccurate, but others consider it the most authoritative account of one of the darkest chapters in the CIA's history. One year ago today, Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats voted unanimously to approve the report's findings. Nearly all Republicans voted against it. The CIA also believes the report contains significant inaccuracies.