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Whoops? CIA Watchdog ‘Mistakenly’ Destroys Its Sole Copy of Senate Torture Report

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The years-long battle to force the Obama administration to release the nearly-7,000-page Senate Intelligence Committee’s report detailing the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program just took an absurd new turn.

According to exclusive reporting from Yahoo News correspondent Michael Isikoff, the CIA inspector general’s office says it “mistakenly” destroyed its sole copy of the mass document “at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved.”

While the deleted report was not the only copy in existence, the foul-up is already proving an embarrassment for the office, which is “responsible for independent oversight of the CIA,” according to its materials.

Citing information obtained by “multiple intelligence community sources familiar with the incident,” Isikoff explains:

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