Human rights and transparency advocates have been urging U.S. Sen. Mark Udall to release a classified report on the CIA’s alleged use of torture. Udall has been at the center of debate about how heavily the report should be redacted before its release to the public. Udall has pushed for as much transparency as possible, looking to the “truth and reconciliation” approach forged in recent decades in countries like South Africa, which have sought to overcome histories marked by civil conflict.
In his first interview since losing his reelection bid to Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, Udall told The Denver Post that he hasn’t taken the option of ‘leaking’ the report off the table.
“Transparency and disclosure are critical to the work of the Senate intelligence committee and our democracy so I’m going to keep all options on the table to ensure the truth comes out,” Udall told the Post.
He was referring to the privilege provided to members of Congress through the Constitution’s “Speech or Debate Clause,” in which Udall could read the report into the record on the floor of the Senate because lawmakers are immune from prosecution when speaking officially in the chambers.