The head of the CIA has admitted concealing “significant actions” from the US Congress over the past eight years, according to several Democrat members of the House intelligence committee.
Leon Panetta’s testimony was made behind closed doors, but yesterday the details of a letter written by Democrats to the intelligence chief discussing his committee appearance said the CIA had “misled members”.
Rush Holt, one of the signatories, would not identify the classified matter the CIA has been accused of lying about but said: “We wouldn’t be doing this over a trivial matter.” …
In May the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, accused the agency of intentionally misleading her by not telling her in a 2002 briefing about its use of waterboarding against a terrorism suspect. – guardian
Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon E. Panetta has told lawmakers that the agency “concealed significant actions” from Congress, according to a letter released Wednesday from seven Democratic lawmakers,” the Wall Street Journal writes. “The letter also contends that Mr. Panetta said CIA officials have misled Congress since 2001.” – msnbc
“Recently you testified that you have determined that top CIA officials have concealed significant actions from all members of Congress, and misled members for a number of years from 2001 to this week,” said the letter, signed by Eshoo and six other House Democrats — Reps. John Tierney of Massachusetts, Mike Thompson of California, Rush Holt of New Jersey, Alcee Hastings of Florida, Adam Smith of Washington and Janice Schakowsky of Illinois. Read the signed letter on Rep. Eshoo’s Web site – cnn
The mainstream press is focused on Pelosi and waterboarding, but isn’t the real point that torture was used to frame people for the attacks of 9/11? How far down the rabbit hole did Panetta lay this secret egg?