TheTower: The State Department repeatedly lied to reporters and the American people, CNN’s Jake Tapper said on his program The Lead on Thursday, the latest riposte in the ongoing scandal over doctored recordings of State Department briefings.
Tapper’s segment described three lies told by the State Department in relation to the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran.
In February 2013, months before Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran, Fox News reporter James Rosen asked then-State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, if reports of secret talks between the United States and Iran were true. “With regard to the kind of thing that you’re talking about on a government-to-government level, no,” Nuland responded. This turned out not to be true.
That December, shortly after world powers reached an interim nuclear deal with Iran and it became clear that the United States had reached understandings with Iran before Rouhani’s election, Rosen recalled the answer he received in February, and pressed Nuland’s successor Jen Psaki if the State Department had lied. “James, I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that,” Psaki answered, essentially admitting that Nuland had lied.