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Justice Dept. won't make a federal case out of a Senate-CIA spat
Justice Dept. won't make a federal case out of a Senate-CIA spat

The Justice Department has announced that it won’t pursue a criminal investigation of a dispute between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA over whether agency staffers poached on the committee’s turf and vice versa. The announcement smoothes over a spat that may have complicated the long-delayed release of at least part of the committee’s report on the Bush administration’s interrogation of suspected terrorists after 9/11 — a.k.a. the “torture report.” All’s well that ends well politically, but is Justice’s decision to let the matter lie defensible as a matter of criminal law? It looks that way. Fingers were pointing in both directions during this controversy. The CIA’s...

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