The CIA inspector general’s office — the spy agency’s internal watchdog —
has acknowledged it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate
torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were
assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved,
Yahoo News has learned.
While another copy of the report exists elsewhere at the CIA, the erasure of
the controversial document by the office charged with policing agency
conduct has alarmed the U.S. senator who oversaw the torture investigation
and reignited a behind-the-scenes battle over whether the full unabridged
report should ever be released, according to multiple intelligence community
sources familiar with the incident.