- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2014

The State Department said it’s true — a Senate report on CIA interrogation tactics used after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on U.S. soil don’t represent America’s proudest moments.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the White House mistakenly released a memo that contained State Department talking points about a critical Senate report to a reporter with The Associated Press. Within the four-page White House memo was the State Department’s admission that the CIA may have stretched its bounds post-Sept. 11, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“This report tells a story of which no America is proud,” said the White House document, referencing the classified Senate report, the Los Angeles Times reported. “But it is also part of another story of which we can be proud. America’s democratic system worked just as it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values.”

The Los Angeles Times said it’s not clear who wrote the document, or whether it would impact any White House policies on the CIA going forward.

But the Senate report concluded that the CIA performed intelligence-collecting activities on al Qaeda suspects that were more brutal than it previously let on, the Los Angeles Times reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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