The State Department has come under fire for deleting part of a video of a Dec. 2, 2013, press briefing that dealt with the controversial Iran nuclear deal and the information the administration gave the public while the deal was in the works.
The department’s press secretary, John Kirby, admitted Wednesday that an official within its public affairs department had ordered a video editor to make the cut but said he didn’t know who made the call.
Roughly eight minutes of an exchange between then-State Department press secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News reporter James Rosen was removed, with a white flash added as a transition, as seen in the edited video aired by Fox News.
During the December 2013 briefing, Rosen asked Psaki whether her predecessor, Victoria Nuland, lied when she said in February 2013 that secret bilateral talks with Iran had not yet started. Reports at the time said such discussions began as early as 2011.
Psaki would not confirm when the talks started but responded to Rosen, “I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress.”
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