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Mondale faults Obama for lack of accountability on CIA torture report

The former vice president, who will be feted Tuesday in Washington, says the president needs to do more hold the CIA accountable for interfering with congressinal oversight.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale, whose political legacy will be celebrated Tuesday in Washington, D.C., told the Washington Post Sunday that he’s frustrated with the way President Obama has handled accountability of a CIA torture report.

Mondale, the former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, now teaches at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School. 

The story notes that, soon after his inauguration, Obama dismantled the CIA’s interrogation methods which he called torture. But Mondale is unhappy that the president has defended the agency and that the president’s staff has tried to limit declassification of the report on the abuses:

I’m surprised by the president, who was a distinguished scholar, a constitutional lawyer, president of the Harvard Law Review. He knows what these issues are, but he’s not been a strong advocate, to put it mildly, toward requiring accountability. I agree with most of the things the president does; I do not agree with this.

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A day-long event Tuesday will honor Mondale with a policy forum at George Washington University and a dinner featured speeches by President Jimmy Carter and Vice-President Joe Biden.

Mondale told the Post that there has been too little action against CIA staffers who hacked a congressional computer to determine how the Senate obtained a certain document. Mondale said:

There should be discipline. This was pretty abusive. They hacked into the files of an independent committee of the U.S. Congress. There should be some punishment and some kind of discipline imposed on those responsible.