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Senate intelligence committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein said the alleged CIA conduct could have violated federal laws Continue reading the main story Related Stories CIA probes Senate staff monitoring CIA interrogation techniques exposed Watch A world history of government spying The head of the US Senate intelligence committee has publicly accused the CIA of improperly accessing computers used by congressional staff. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on the Senate floor that such activities "may have undermined the constitutional framework" of government oversight. The Senate panel was investigating allegations of abuse during a CIA detention and interrogation programme. A CIA internal watchdog has been tasked with looking into the alleged hacking. "I am not taking it lightly," Ms Feinstein said of the matter on Tuesday, adding that the CIA may have violated federal laws in its alleged conduct. The agency is accused of secretly removing documents from computers used by the Senate intelligence committee during an investigation into alleged CIA abuse.
Those computers were provided by the CIA to congressional members of staff at a secure site so that Senate investigators could review millions of pages of top secret documents. She also said she had requested an apology from the agency and an acknowledgment that the search was inappropriate, but had "received neither"
She said he had already referred the matter to the Department of Justice, "given the possibility of a criminal violation by CIA personnel".