Colorado Sen. Udall asks the White House (again) to declassify a special report on CIA spying

WASHINGTON - Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is asking President Obama to declassify a special report reviewing a CIA interrogation program. This wasn't the first time.

Udall's Tuesday letter said that declassifying this report was "vital," because so much of the information that has already been released to the public is "misleading and inaccurate."

"Much of what has been declassified and released about the operation, management, and effectiveness of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program is simply wrong," Udall wrote.

Udall is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which was reported in a CIA spying scandal on the same day that Udall's letter was sent. The scandal, according to McClatchy DC, is that the CIA has been monitoring computers used to prepare the report on its own interrogation program that Udall is calling for declassifying.

"I know we share the assessment that the use of coercive interrogation techniques by our country was a grave mistake that ran counter to our values and founding principles, as well as counter to our national security interests," Udall wrote. "I know we also share a commitment to transparency and the rule of law. It is my belief that the declassification of the Committee Study is of paramount importance and that decisions about what should or should not be declassified regarding this issue should not be delegated to the CIA, directly handled by the White House."

Udall goes on to say that he will not support the recommendation for Caroline Krass to serve as the general counsel of the CIA unless this report is provided to the American public.

In January, Udall asked the White House to help the Senate Intelligence Committee obtain documents it needed to complete this study. Another related request was made prior to that, during a confirmation hearing for Krass in December.

Other senators supported that this report be declassified.

“The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around," said Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in a press release Wednesday. "Since I joined the Committee, the CIA has refused to engage in good faith on the Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Instead, the CIA has consistently tried to cast doubt on the accuracy and quality of this report by publicly making false representations about what is and is not in it."

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