U.S. Senate Majority Leader Reid backs Feinstein over CIA

WASHINGTON, March 20 Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:08am EDT

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WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued a strong defense on Thursday of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute in which the committee and the CIA each allege they were spied upon by the other.

Reid, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, called the Central Intelligence Agency's access to the Senate panel's computer network a "serious breach" and "indefensible." He said he would begin a forensic examination of computers assigned for exclusive use by Senate Intelligence.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle; editing by Doina Chiacu)

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