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    Re: Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    The idea that the head of the CIA wasn't the last to lay eyes on the briefing to the Administration is disconcerting.
    Which might explain why he was outed by the FBI or CIA to the public.... someone in those organisations wanted him out.
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    Re: Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

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    Re: Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    A couple of things...

    First, I believe messages regarding intel...such as from the CIA...are vetted through the Director National Intelligence first before going to the President.

    Second, the article is somewhat ambiguous in reality by this statement:



    In reality, in terms of government speak and the general flow of the bureaucracy, there's legitimately two ways to read that and think of the situation.

    A) The CIA drafts Administration "talking points" and distributes them Itself

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    B) The CIA drafts it's talking points which is submitted to the POTUS, whose staff disseminates it out to the officials of the administration

    Either could be possible, and the line in the story in no way is a definitive claim that it was the CIA that took out the information between their original penning of the intel and the point in which it was circulated.
    It's not unusally for high level officials to make what they consider to be minor edits to breifing and/or intelligence reports either before they get to the WH or by senior staff before said reports reach the President's desk. Such edits are sometimes even made by the President himself. Read a book on political affiars and/or WH interactions within any given Administration and you'll understand that these things happen all the time.

    Nonetheless, Zyplin is correct when he askes bluntly who made the editorial changes? Either they were made by high ranking CIA officials, someone within the Obama Administration, specifically at State or Defense, or someone within the WH. This latest article from FoxNews would suggest that the edit in question wasn't made by anyone in either the Oval Office (WH) or the State Dept. So, if the CIA, State or WH didn't do it, that only leave the Defense Dept.

    Stay tuned...

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    Re: Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonawanda View Post
    Interesting, the next question(s) should have been, who made the decision to remove it? What was your motive for removing it? How many people are aware of the actual determination? Who did they tell? Was the State Department/White House informed verbally of the original determination? Vague inter-agency process?
    The initial statement was carefully designed and worded to get the terrorists to let down their guard, give them a false sense of security until assets in the field have reported in and the CIA determines the likelihood of capture.

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