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CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

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    Christopher R. Sharpley appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be confirmed as the CIA inspector general, on Capitol Hill in Washington, today.

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the CIA’s independent watchdog has told Congress that he’s never read the Senate’s so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency’s treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.

Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, told the Senate intelligence committee today that the classified disc containing the 7,000-page report was lost for a time and later found, but that he never took time to read the full document.

Democrats scolded Sharpley during his confirmation hearing, saying he should have read and learned from the report because the inspector general’s job involves oversight of covert CIA activities.

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