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The Google Search That Made the CIA Spy on the US Senate

By Jason Leopold, Vice News, Aug. 12, 2015

The draft apology letter Brennan wrote to Feinstein and Chambliss are two of more than 300 pages of documents [pdf at the bottom of this story] VICE News obtained in response to a joint Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the CIA with Ryan Shapiro, a historian and doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specializes in national security research. We sued the CIA seeking a wide range of documents related to the allegations that the agency had spied on the Intelligence Committee and hacked into their computer network. While the CIA turned over some records, it also withheld thousands of pages, citing nearly every exemption under FOIA.

After VICE News received the documents, the CIA contacted us and said Brennan's draft letter had been released by mistake. The agency asked that we refrain from posting it.

We declined the CIA's request.

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