State Dept Stonewalls On Libya, Laughs Off Accusation Of Hypocrisy
QUESTION: On Libya, there are now reports that the CIA station chief in Libya sent a cable 24 hours after the attack in Benghazi saying that it wasn’t carried out – that it was carried out by militants. Did that cable ever cross over and reach the State Department, do you know?
MS. NULAND: Well, I think you know, Catherine, that we never talk about intelligence issues from this podium at all. So I’m not in a position to comment on that here today.
QUESTION: Wait a second, that’s not true.
MS. NULAND: Here we go.
QUESTION: You talk about intelligence issues when you want to talk about them and when it’s in your interest to do so.
MS. NULAND: That’s fair.
MS. NULAND: And when the intelligence community – (laughter) – when the intelligence community --
QUESTION: When the intelligence makes you look good, then you’re willing to talk about it.
MS. NULAND: -- when the intelligence community releases intelligence information into an unclassified format.
19 Oct 2012
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