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Obama declines to declassify Senate 'torture report', but will preserve it

US President Barack Obama waves as he enters Air Force One at Berlin's Tegel Airport on November 18, 2016
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Full report on CIA interrogation techniques will be available for declassification in 2029

US President Barack Obama on Monday rejected a call from lawmakers to declassify a Senate report on harsh CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques" after the 9/11 attacks, but has moved to preserve the 6,700-page history among his presidential papers.

Preservation of the report means it will become subject to public requests in 2029, triggering a declassification process, according to Politico. The 12-year period in which the material is to remain classified is the maximum period allowed by the Presidential Records Acts.

California Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate's intelligence panel who led the five-year investigation into CIA methods, expressed mixed feelings.

"It’s my very strong belief that one day this report should be declassified," said Feinstein. "The president has refused to do so at this time, but I’m pleased the report will go into his archives as part of his presidential records, will not be subject to destruction and will one day be available for declassification."

While the report has not been released in full, a 525-page executive summary released in late 2014 detailed tactics like waterboarding and "rectal feeding."


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