The State Department has now admitted that it intentionally deleted a part of a recorded news briefing regarding a question about U.S. negotiations with Iran posed by James Rosen of Fox News.
This is a departure from the State Department’s previous statement, which was that the missing segment was “a glitch.”
Just so that this is clear — the State Department lied to the public, and the State Department censored the press.
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said Wednesday: “A specific request was made to excise that portion of the briefing. We do not know who made the request to edit the video or why it was made.”
But they did it anyway. Does that sound reasonable to you? Do you really think the State Department agrees to requests when it doesn’t know who makes them or why?
This briefing was recorded Dec. 2, 2013, and was made public on the State Department’s YouTube account and the State Department website without the Rosen question.
You can watch the Fox News report here:
Kirby maintained that he insisted that a complete recording had been posted and that the transcript was unedited. When a legal adviser reviewed the case it quickly became clear that the omission was not accidental, although who ordered the edit and subsequent lie hasn’t been made public.
In other words — it’s time to audit the State Department.
Kirby tried to sound apologetic: “To my surprise, the Bureau of Public Affairs did not have in place any rules governing this type of action. Therefore we are taking immediate steps to craft appropriate protocols on this issue as we believe that deliberately removing a portion of the video was not and is not in keeping with the State Department’s commitment to transparency and public accountability.”
The question was a bombshell — ironically, it was asking whether a State Department official had lied previously about the denial of negotiations between Iran and the United States.
More ironically — the unedited question was the core of the accusation against President Barack Obama misleading media when he shoved the Iran deal down America’s throat.
Gee, who could have ever have asked that that be cut from the briefing video?
H/T TV Newser
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