Justice Department lawyers representing the intelligence agency filed a motion urging U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg to lift a May 22 deadline in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking copies of the two classified reports.
Already in the process of declassifying a 500-page summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the harsh techniques, the CIA says it will need more time to similarly review the other two documents. Government lawyers said the CIA would be able to provide a timetable by June 20 and hoped to have the materials available sometime this summer.
Citing legal and national security complexities already surrounding the review of the Senate report, government lawyers said the CIA "does not yet have a firm date by which it can complete the processing of the CIA response and the so-called Panetta report, although it hopes the declassification review and accompanying processing of those documents can be completed this summer."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Senate committee and has pressed for a speedy declassification of the report on the CIA's oversight of "enhanced" interrogations in agency-run prisons overseas, said this week she was told by the White House that the CIA's review would not be ready before July.