March 11 - CIA Director responds to allegations of spying on Senate computers. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) John Brennan, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Tuesday his agency did not infiltrate computers of the Senate committee investigating the agency's interrogation and detention program for terrorism suspects. The CIA Director was responding to and denying allegations levied by Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate's intelligence committee after she spoke on the Senate floor and accused the CIA of spying on its congressional computers and possibly breaking the law. (SOUNDBITE) SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN, CHAIR, SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE "Based on what Director Brennan has informed us, I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separations of powers principles embodied in the United States constitution, including the speech and debate clause." (SOUNDBITE) JOHN BRENNAN, CIA DIRECTOR SAYING: "As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. We wouldn't do that. That is just beyond the scope of reason." "I referred the matter to the CIA Inspector General to make sure he was able to look honestly and objectively at what CIA did there and I think when the facts come out on this, people who are claiming there has been this tremendous spying and hacking will be proved wrong." This back and forth is part of a long running, bitter dispute between the intelligence committee and the CIA over the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.