Brennan, in his own remarks after Feinstein’s speech on Tuesday, vaguely ridiculed allegations of CIA “hacking” and said that “when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.” But nothing he said actually disputed Feinstein’s version of events.What is Barack Obama's response? Abuses by the CIA are someone else's problem:
And as Michael Masnick reported for Techdirt, a January 27 letter to Feinstein that Brennan sent out to CIA staff on Tuesday actually confirmed the search, though Brennan described it — and the need for it — in the context of concern about a security breach:
Because we were concerned that there may be a breach or vulnerability in the system for housing highly classified documents, CIA conducted a limited review to determine whether these files were located on the SSCI [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence] side of the CIA network and reviewed audit data to determine whether anyone had accessed the files, which would have been unauthorized.And he said he wasn’t done. “Only completion of the security review will answer how SSCI staff came into possession of the documents,” he wrote, saying that he had only “temporarily” suspended further action until getting Feinstein’s consent.
The “breach” in question concerned the committee staff’s possession of an internal CIA review of the materials the agency had previously turned over to Feinstein’s committee during the course of the four-year congressional investigation into the Bush-era torture practices.
Barack Obama sought to distance the White House from the fierce dispute between top senators and the Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday, claiming it would be inappropriate for his administration to become involved the clash over an investigation into the use of torture in post-9/11 interrogations.This is something that you don't "wade into at this point"? Seriously? How can this not be a matter that you need to "wade into at this point"?
In the president’s first remarks about the dispute since Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence accused the CIA of a cover-up and intimidation directed at her staff, Obama said it was not a matter for the White House to “wade into at this point”.
You are the HMFIC.* Do your F%$#ing job, and take charge!
The chief counsel of the CIA's review of the Senate report is a subject of the investigation whose name is mentioned 1600 times.
This person also attempted to intimidate Senate staffers by filing a bogus criminal complaint.
And the head of the CIA, John Brennan is saying that everything is hunky-dory.
You are F%$#ing President of the F%$#ing United States of F%$#ing America. How the F%$ is this not your F%$#ing job?
I don't care how F%$#ing awsome you F%$#ing think you F%$#ing are, your mere existence does not constitute the "Hope" or the "Change" that have figured so prominently in your messaging.
Why the f%$# did you run to be President if you somehow don't think that this this is not your f%$#ing job?
*Head Mother F%$#er In Charge.