The US government is preparing to release a long-delayed internal report on the CIA's secret detention and interrogation programme. How much of the document will be declassified for public view isn't yet known.
The roughly 150-page report was expected to be released on Friday, but a CIA spokesman said yesterday that government officials were still poring through the documents.
"The CIA is reviewing the report to determine how much more of it can be declassified in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act," said George Little, the spokesman.
Responding to reports that CIA officials were pressing to redact large portions of the documents, Little said, "This is not about fighting for or against redactions, it's about applying the law."
The review by the inspector general for the CIA was completed in May 2004. John L Helgerson, the now-retired CIA inspector who spearheaded the investigation, said on Thursday that the report is "a comprehensive look at everything the agency had been doing related to detention and interrogation."
Helgerson said the review covered "activities within the formal approved program, and it also included a reference to activities that went on outside the formal program."
"We found a great deal running very well. We also found things to be concerned about," Helgerson said. The investigation was conducted in response to concerns expressed by agency employees about the program, he added.