Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the CIA mislead her in torture briefings has received support from a new source: Larry Wilkerson, the retired US Army colonel who served as chief of staff to Colin Powell.
Wilkerson told TPMmuckraker that he’s been present for similar CIA briefings, and that the agency briefs only “very limitedly,” and “very selectively.”
“There’s a bent to the way they’re briefing,” said Wilkerson. “They’ve got an angle.”
Asked what that angle would have been in Pelosi’s case, Wilkerson said the CIA would likely have presented the information as: “These are the things that were considering under this program,” rather than, this is what we’ve done.
When we pointed out to Wilkerson that if that was the case then the CIA went beyond briefing Pelosi selectively, and in fact outright lied to her, Wilkerson expressed surprise that anyone would find such a scenario hard to believe.
Presumably, he forgot that, as Republicans know, the CIA doesn’t lie.