But last week, outgoing Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, in his final speech on the Senate floor and in the wake of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of the so called torture report, discussed the document at length. Udall called the still-secret CIA report — dubbed the Panetta Review after former CIA Director Leon Panetta — a “smoking gun.”
This is the document that has been at the center of the war of words between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA; virtually everything about it has been shrouded in secrecy. VICE News filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the CIA seeking access to the Panetta Review, and last week, a CIA lawyer named Martha Lutz provided us with a declaration explaining why we can’t have it. However, she disclosed new details that finally shed light on what the Panetta Review is.