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CIA Admits Lying

Be grateful half this cheat isn't redacted. According to The Wall Street Journal, seven Democratic lawmakers said in a letter released Thursday that CIA director Leon Panetta had admitted to them that the agency had "concealed significant actions" from Congress and misled them since 2001. But, as is the nature of classified briefings, the lawmakers offered no indication as to what information was withheld. Panetta testified to Congress in May that "it is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress—that is against our laws and values." The letter calls on the CIA director to revise his statement in light of the alleged revelations. The issue has political implications, as senior lawmakers like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have battled over whether they were properly briefed on issues like interrogation policies at Guantánamo Bay.