U.S. again delays releasing CIA interrogation report
www.chinaview.cn 2009-07-02 06:11:06   Print

    WASHINGTON, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government on Wednesday once again delayed the release of a full report on CIA's controversial interrogation program.

    The government had intended to complete its review of the 2004 report and release it two weeks ago.

    But continued interagency debate about how much of the secret report could be made public pushed back the deadline.

    Last week, the Justice Department sent a letter to the Judge overseeing the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit saying it needed until July 1 to complete the process.

    A Justice Department official told reporters Wednesday that government lawyers are still pouring through the material.

    White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said he doubted if the review would be completed this week.

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the government for the public release of all documents related to the CIA's interrogation and detention program.

    Last year, the CIA released the a report with most of the 109 pages either withheld or heavily blacked out.

    The ACLU complained to the court that the CIA was withholding information "not for legitimate security reasons."

    After taking office in January, the Obama administration agreed to review the report to see what more could be released.

    However, due to political reasons, the report's release has been delayed from time to time.

Editor: Yan
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