The Senate Intelligence Committee is inching closer to the release of a 500-page executive summary of its long-embargoed report on the CIA's use of torture during overseas interrogations of Islamist terror suspects, The Daily Beast
The committee report, which covers the George W. Bush era, has been held up by the agency's desire to remove as much sensitive and diplomatically awkward detail as possible.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the outgoing Democratic chairwoman of the committee, has been in negotiations with the White House and the CIA for months on the issue. Some Democratic senators have suggested that the Obama administration is less than keen on seeing the report made public, according to the Huffington Post
Feinstein told reporters that her staff had "lots of meetings" with the agency over the Thanksgiving holiday about the disputed redactions.
An unidentified Feinstein aide added that the staff was "making progress every day" in addressing the issues holding up the report's release.
Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and James Risch of Idaho are on record as describing the uncensored version of the report that the committee originally sent to the CIA for comment as "one-sided" and "partisan."
Citing the State Department and the concerns of U.S. allies, they wrote that "release of the report could endanger the lives of American diplomats and citizens overseas and jeopardize U.S. relations with other countries," according to the Daily Beast.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina
is slated to take charge of the committee in 2015.
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