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State Department Lied, Admits Deleting Video

The State Department today admitted that a missing portion of a State Department daily briefing video did not disappear because of a technical error, as the department has maintained, but was intentionally deleted.

“A specific request was made to excise that portion of the briefing,” State Department spokesman John Kirby admitted Wednesday.  State had previously said it was deleted accidentally, because of a “glitch.” Once the deletion was noticed by reporters, the deleted portion was reinserted.

Another Obama administration scandal. This is patently dishonest and an obvious attempt to hide information. There needs to be a full investigation of who originally ordered the deletion and who instructed that it be covered up by claiming a “glitch” had occurred. I assume only someone at a fairly high level could make such orders.

The video covered questions by Fox News’ James Rosen about the nuclear negotiations with Iran. It included an answer to a question about whether the State Department ever lies in the interest of national Security. The response, by then-spokeswoman Jen Psaki, appeared to suggest the answer was “yes.”

“James, I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that,” Psaki said.

Kirby maintained that State does not know who deleted part of the video. “We do not know who made the request to edit the video, or why it was made,” Kirby said.

H/T Washington Examiner.

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18 Responses to State Department Lied, Admits Deleting Video

  1. “We do not know…” Blah blah blah.
    Contrary to what these arrogant officials believe, the American public is not entirely ignorant or gullible.
    Liars lie.

    • They will drag this out as long as they are allowed to by the administration that is still stonewalling Fast and Furious and Benghazi.

      This Country is in dire needs of a new administration, one that will hold crooks accountable.

  2. Must be another case of attempting to quell ‘the irrational fears of Congress’!

    Speaking of liars…Hillary and Bernie are in a dead heat in my State, Kalifornia! GO BERNIE!

    • I sorta hope Hill gets the nomination. Not because I’m a fan (LOATHE her) but because I have this fantasy that during the 1st Presidential debate, a fully equipped FBI SWAT team storms the stage (Secret Service previously briefed to stand down) and they cuff Hillary and Perp-Walk her off into history!! AAAHHHHHHH!!!!

  3. Evidently Washington, D.C has an effect on one’s memory.
    It has become obvious to me.
    Many people that are in front of a panel of investigators suddenly lose their cognizant ability to recall items that they are responsible for.

    Their duty requires them to make note of certain instances that may or may not be critical to the security of the Country.

    Have the security clearances of any of these individuals been revoked?

    Have any of them been fired?

    Any person in that job should not be allowed to escape prosecution due to a memory lapse.

    It’s damn time they were held accountable, and that goes for the POTUS and his administration.

    • That is an excellent suggestion. It would be very effective if it at least summarily cost them their jobs, with an unappealable, unchangeable, short time limit on when they could decide to “remember”.

  4. “Kirby maintained that State does not know who deleted part of the video. “We do not know who made the request to edit the video, or why it was made,” Kirby said.”

    Baloney. Someone (many people, probably) in State knows exactly who ordered the deletion, and why they ordered it. Count on it.

  5. Kirby, of course, is lying. And nothing, of course, will be done about it.

    There are a lot of ethically challenged people in the Obama Administration and particularly at State. Kirby is one of the worst. He is a disgrace to the Naval uniform he once wore. I hope one day these liars will somehow be held accountable.