Anna Eshoo (Calif.), John Tierney (Mass.), Rush Holt (N.J.), Mike Thompson (Calif.), Alcee Hastings (Fla.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), and Adam Smith (Wash.) reopened Congressional democrats’ attacks on the CIA, releasing yesterday a letter dated June 26th directly contradicting CIA Director Leon Panetta and asserting that “significant actions” were concealed from Congress and charging the CIA with misleading Congress.
The ball is now in Leon Panetta’s court, and I think his response will be interesting.
A letter released late Wednesday by six (actually 7 – JDZ) Democratic House members claims that Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta testified that “top CIA officials have concealed significant actionsâ€¦ and misled” members of Congress since 2001 â€” a claim the CIA is contesting.
The letter did not specify what actions were concealed, or how members of Congress were misled.
In it, the Democrats demanded that Panetta correct a statement he issued on May 15 â€“ just after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA of misleading her during the Bush years about the agencyâ€™s use of waterboarding techniques â€“ stating that it is not the CIAâ€™s â€œpolicy or practice to mislead Congress.â€