In a yet another tortured explanation of what she knew, and when she knew it, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now claims that she was “misled” by the CIA regarding the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.
“They misled us every step of the way.”
In a just concluded press conference, Ms. Pelosi stopped short of calling the CIA briefers “liars”, but the distinction was one of semantics only.
Calling for a “Truth Commission,” Pelosi attempted to tie the CIA interrogation briefings to later briefings by the Bush Administration regarding WMD’s in the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her twisted explanation only serves to make the torture debate less about enhanced interrogation techniques and embarrassing the Bush Administration, and more about Nancy Pelosi’s credibility.
Playing the victim card is an extraordinary response, especially for the person who is third in line of Presidential Succession.
update: read more at Politico
update2: FoxNews is reporting that the CIA is taking “great offense” to the Speaker’s statement. The CIA said to Fox, “We stand by the documents.”
update3: AP has this LuLu of a quote from the press conference:
“I wasn’t briefed, I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it,” she said.
update4: John Carey has more