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CIA lawyer at center of computer snooping clash

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By STEPHEN BRAUN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA lawyer accused by the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee of trying to intimidate the panel over its probe of the agency's secret prisons and harsh interrogations of terror suspects was himself involved in the controversial programs. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the attorney was cited by name more than 1,600 times in the committee's unpublished report.

Until Feinstein's angry speech Tuesday on the Senate floor, CIA acting general counsel Robert Eatinger was little known outside a cadre of highly specialized national security lawyers. Feinstein's accusations instantly made Eatinger famous -- or infamous -- over a constitutional rift that threatens to engulf two branches of government.

Feinstein said Eatinger's move to file a criminal complaint with the Justice Department alleging Senate staffers improperly reviewed CIA material amounted to intimidation.

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