Government Suspected Of Wanting CIA Torture Report To Remain Secret

A Senate panel released a redacted synopsis of the 7,000 page report. Copies of the full classified report sent to federal agencies have gone unread. Some fear the report may never be made public.


Let's remember a year ago today, the Senate released what's become known as the Torture Report. We learned about the CIA's detention and harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists. But we did not learn everything - far from it, in fact. That report was only a summary of a much larger study that runs nearly 7,000 pages. That full report remains secret, and as NPR's David Welna discovered, the officials who have it might not have even read it.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: As chairwoman at the time of the Senate Intelligence Committee California Democrat Dianne Feinstein released last year's scathing synopsis of the CIA's recent interrogation activities. Today Feinstein says to really grasp what the CIA did, you have to read the committee's full report.

DIANNE FEINSTEIN: This is where all of the documentation rests, chapter and verse.

WELNA: Which is why Feinstein sent copies of the full classified Senate report to the CIA and to the Justice, State and Defense Departments. She included a letter urging officials to read it and learn from it. Feinstein now suspects those documents were not even opened, much less read.

FEINSTEIN: My general belief is that they don't want these facts out there anywhere.

WELNA: They being?

FEINSTEIN: They being the administration. They being the intelligence community. They being the Justice Department...

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