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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement about sections of a new book by former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell that address the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

“Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell’s new book repeats the same false charges made by other former CIA personnel when the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report was made public in December 2014.

“This is not surprising considering the book’s coauthor helped coordinate the CIA’s unofficial response to the committee’s study and co-wrote two other books with ex-CIA officials—George Tenet and Jose Rodriguez—that also attempted to justify the CIA’s failings.

“As I’ve said before, the committee’s report speaks for itself. It is based on millions of CIA’s own documents and internal communications—and those records support the study’s findings and conclusions. I believe the Senate report will stand the test of time.

“The report’s 500-page executive summary has been declassified and is available for all to read. While Mr. Morell was one of the relatively few people with access to the full 6,700 report, he told me before his retirement that he did not read it.

“Specifically, the accusations in this book that committee staff wrote a report to reach a preordained outcome—that it was a “prosecutor’s brief” and that I directed staff to reach certain conclusions—are completely false and entirely without support. In fact, the Senate report reached many of the same conclusions as the CIA’s own internal study, now known as the Panetta Review.”