Udall wants study of CIA open to all

AURORA,CO—OCTOBER 17TH 2009—Senator, Mark Udall, during the 9News/Denver Post Health Care Forum, “Your Health, Your Congress, your Voice,” began at the Anschutz Medical Campus Saturday afternoon. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Leaks from the Central Intelligence Agency have muddied the public perception of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, said U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.

A member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he said recent leaks have made public information that the committee has sought, without success, for the past six months.

Udall cited reports in March, May and June about the committee’s study in which former or unidentified intelligence officials dismissed the study as biased and incomplete.

Members of the Intelligence Committee have yet to view a response to the study by the CIA, but Udall noted that the study was characterized by a “former official” quoted in The Washington Post who said the CIA was planning “an aggressive response.”

“The continual leaks of inaccurate information from unnamed intelligence officials are embarrassing to the agency and have only hardened my resolve to declassify the full committee study,” Udall said in a statement.

The study was based on more than 6 million pages of CIA records and comprises more than 6,000 pages and more than 35,000 footnotes.

The committee’s study is “fact-based, and I believe, indisputable,” Udall said. “I am confident the American people will agree once they have the opportunity to read the study, as well as the CIA’s official response, that this program was a failure and a tragic moment in America’s history. The only way to correct the inaccurate information in the public record on this program is through the sunlight of declassification.”


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