Oops! They did it again. The CIA Inspector General’s Office has ‘accidently’ deleted/destroyed a 6,700 page report into the agency’s torture techniques or now known as ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques. A 500 page executive summary on the report was released in 2014 outlining techniques such as water boarding, sleep deprivation, physical abuse, mock executions and anal penetration to name a few. According to Press TV these techniques ‘migrated’ from the CIA’s operations in undocumented black sites overseas to the US military prisons at Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq. They also report that the CIA paid $81 million to contracting psychologists to run the sites.
How could the CIA delete the files accidently? According to the Hill it went down like this... ‘Acting inspector general Christopher Sharpley uploaded the report to the office's internal computer network and then destroyed the hard disk, apparently following standard protocol. Then, someone else in the watchdog’s office reportedly misinterpreted instructions from the Justice Department not to open the file and deleted it from the server’. So there you have it an easy mistake to make. If it says do not open then just delete it.
According to RT in early 2015 the Justice Department told agencies not to open the file because doing so would make it subject to the freedom of information act (FOIA) and the report was not released under FOIA as it belongs to Congress.
So the Inspector General’s Office that oversees the CIA and is supposed to provide accountability within the agency has deleted the report so it can’t be given out under the FOIA. But have no fear a CIA spokesperson has said that the agency has held onto the original report and will do so until the final result of the litigation in relation to the document. They are doing all they can to prevent the release of the report to the courts and the public.