More Questions About the CIA’s Veracity
Nancy Pelosi is being targeted because of saying the CIA lied. Now, House Appropriations Committee Chair David Obey questions the accuracy of the CIA’s accounts of CIA briefings. And CIA chief Leon Panetta says his records may not be accurate.
In a letter Monday to CIA Director Leon Panetta, Obey questioned CIA records that show a committee aide, Paul Juola, attended a Sept. 19, 2006, briefing that included a discussion of 13 harsh interrogation techniques.
According to Obey, Juola accompanied members of Congress to the briefing room, but was told by then-CIA Director Michael Hayden and another CIA official that he could not attend.
CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said Juola was at the September meeting as well as a meeting in October 2007 where enhanced interrogations were discussed.
CIA Director Leon Panetta has acknowledged the agency may have made mistakes about when briefings took place.
Panetta acknowledged in a May 6 letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, that the CIA’s list detailing the 40 congressional briefings on interrogation techniques held since 2002 may not be accurate.
“In the end, you and the committee will have to determine whether this information is an accurate summary of what actually happened,” Panetta wrote.
Former Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Bob Graham says the CIA lied to him about when he was brief on torture, based on records of his that don’t match those of the agency.
If Panetta is acknowledging there are issues with the accuracy of the CIA’s records on briefings, why is Nancy Pelosi being held up as a pariah? And if they can’t even keep straight when they spoke to key members of Congress, what else can’t they do?Click here for reuse options!
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