Panetta: CIA “briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing ‘the enhanced techniques'” to Congress

CIA Director Leon Panetta has issued a statement saying “It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress” at the CIA.

He said the current issue of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s accusation of the CIA lying to Congress have to be decided by the Congress.

Leon Panetta 
Above: Leon Panetta.  Photo by AP

Developing…….

Yesterday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said of the CIA “They mislead us all the time. I was fighting the war in Iraq at that point, too, you know.”

Pelosi is in Arizona on Friday and has made no additional comments….

But former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich did make comments about Pelosi and the CIA.

“I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don’t think the speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters,” the Republican leader said in an interview with ABC Radio.

He continued: “I think this is the most despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

“She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowist of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s the big loser, because she either comes across as incompetent, or dishonest.  Those are the only two defenses,” Gingrich said. “The fact is she either didn’t do her job, or she did do her job and she’s now afraid to tell the truth.”

FULL TEXT OF PANETTA MEMO TO CIA OFFICERS:

Message from the Director: Turning Down the Volume

There is a long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business. It predates my service with this great institution, and it will be around long after I’m gone. But the political debates about interrogation reached a new decibel level yesterday when the CIA was accused of misleading Congress.

Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.” Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.

My advice—indeed, my direction—to you is straightforward: ignore the noise and stay focused on your mission. We have too much work to do to be distracted from our job of protecting this country.

We are an Agency of high integrity, professionalism, and dedication. Our task is to tell it like it is—even if that’s not what people always want to hear. Keep it up. Our national security depends on it.

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White House Works To Bury The Story, New York Times Complies

FOX News’ Major Garrett was the first and only reporter to ask Press Secretary Robert Gibbs what the White House’s reaction is to Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that the C.I.A. lied to her. Gibbs said President Obama is “keeping the American people safe by looking forward.” Garrett reminded Gibbs this is a serious matter, leading Gibbs to respond that he will not “R.S.V.P” to get involved.  See Video:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/05
/15/white_house_dodges_question_about_pelosi.html

Here’s Why We Doubt the Integrity of NYT: Pelosi Accusations of CIA Lying on Page A18; Wash Post Makes Special Editorial

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/15
/pelosi.waterboarding/index.html
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Related
:
Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”
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Pelosi Derails Obama Agenda; Obama Needs To Ask Her To Resign

Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/15/o
h-my-pelosi-was-told-the-truth-says-leon-panetta/

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