Following the recent ‘revelation’ that the CIA had accidentally destroyed their only copy of a top secret report on torture, exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was quick to point out that the spy agency never does anything by mistake.
The agency’s internal watchdog told Congress that the electronic copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report and a hard disk were both mistakenly destroyed last year.
The comprehensive Senate torture report could be what was needed to really drive the point home about America’s use of torture and its true effectiveness. Word of the document being destroyed emerged despite Justice Department lawyers earlier assuring a federal court there were several copies in existence.
The report was said to have been destroyed by the CIA inspector general’s office in an “inadvertent” fashion. What was extremely peculiar was the fact that last summer the officials had uploaded a copy onto a computer, then accidentally deleted that. As if that wasn’t enough, they have now accidentally destroyed the disk which contained the copy of the report.
“I worked @CIA. I wrote the Emergency Destruction Plan for Geneva,” Snowden told his millions of global supporters over Twitter. “When the CIA destroys something, it’s never a mistake.”
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 18, 2016
Others have also pitched in. Speaking to Yahoo News, City University of New York School of Law professor Douglas Cox shared the following view:
“It’s breathtaking that this could have happened, especially in the inspector general’s office — they’re the ones that are supposed to be providing accountability within the agency itself… It makes you wonder what was going on over there?”
At least one copy of the full report supposedly still exists elsewhere in the CIA – just not in the hands of the watchdog that’s supposed to make sure the CIA acts within the law.