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US again delays releasing CIA interrogation report

The US government has again delayed the release of a full report on the CIA's controversial interrogation programme.

world Updated: Jul 02, 2009 11:39 IST

Washington, July 2 (Xinhua) The US government has again delayed the release of a full report on the CIA's controversial interrogation programme.

The government had earlier intended to complete its review of the 2004 report and release it two weeks ago.

But continued inter-agency debate about how much of the secret report could be made public pushed back the deadline.

Last week, the Justice Department sent a letter to the Judge overseeing the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit saying it needed until July 1 to complete the process.

A Justice Department official told reporters on Wednesday that government lawyers are still pouring through the material.

White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said he doubted if the review would be completed on this week.

Last year, the CIA released the a report with most of the 109 pages either withheld or heavily blacked out.

After taking office in January, the Obama administration agreed to review the report to see what more could be released.