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Outrage Rising Over State Department’s Wiping of Official Video Showing Obama Administration Lie About Iran Deal (VIDEO)

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The Obama administration is facing a wave of angry criticism after the State Department confirmed it deleted parts of a video showing the administration had lied about the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Amanda Lucidon/ White House.

The Obama administration is facing a wave of angry criticism after the State Department confirmed it deleted parts of a video showing the administration had lied about the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Amanda Lucidon/ White House.

The US State Department is facing a wave of angry criticism after a spokesman confirmed that someone inside the department made a “deliberate request” for the scrubbing of part of an official video showing the Obama administration misled journalists on the Iran deal.

State Department spokesman John Kirby admitted to reporters on Wednesday that the missing footage of a December 2013 press briefing “wasn’t a technical glitch.” During the 2013 briefing, then-spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed to Fox News reporter James Rosen that earlier claims of direct, secret talks between the US and Iran — which were denied in February 2013 by then-spokesperson Victoria Nuland — were indeed true. “There are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that,” Psaki said regarding the discrepancy.

Fox News discovered earlier this month that the exchange had been edited out of official State Department archive footage — including eight minutes of comments and further questions on the Iran deal. Officials suggested a “glitch” had occurred.

On Wednesday, Kirby said the State Department had subsequently investigated the matter and found that on the same day as the briefing, a video editor received a call from a State Department public affairs official who issued “a specific request…to excise that portion of the briefing.” No further investigation will be held, he said, since the State Department has reached a dead end.

On Thursday, the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, demanding the full footage of the December 2013 press briefing as well as “documents sufficient to identify, by name and job title, the individual or individuals who made and received the request to deliberately delete the video footage.”  The State Department has until 5 pm on June 8 to comply with the committee’s requests.

On Friday, Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General (IG), Steve Linick, to request an investigation into the incident.

Royce wrote, “In tampering with this video, the Bureau of Public Affairs has undermined its mission to ‘communicate timely and accurate information with the goal of furthering U.S. foreign policy.’ This is all the more troubling given that the video in question dealt with hugely consequential nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper devoted part of his Thursday evening show to the scandal, in which he sharply rebuked the Obama administration and accused the White House of lying to the public on three separate but substantive matters:

There was a first lie told to us about the secret talks between Iran and the Obama administration. We’ll call that lie number one. Now Jen Psaki acknowledged lie number one later that year, 2013. But then someone removed that acknowledgement from the official video. Let’s refer to the scrubbing as lie number two. And then, three weeks ago, we were lied to again, with the whole glitch thing. We’ll call that lie number three.

Tapper said there “are so many questions about all three of these lies,” including whether the first lie had anything to do with the Obama administration’s pushed narrative to sell the Iran deal. “Just as the public has the right to know the truth, we have a right to know who lied to us and why,” Tapper said. The video edit is “a scrubbing of the public record and should outrage every American.”

Speaking to The Algemeiner on Friday, a senior official at a Washington, DC-based organization active in the Iran deal debate said the “administration’s earlier dishonesty is being exposed and now they are scrambling to cover it up, and that’s creating its own problems.”

“The Obama administration misled the American people, journalists and lawmakers about the extent of American concessions and about what the Iranians were obligated to do as part of the deal,” he said. “They overplayed Iranian concessions and underplayed American ones. The administration clearly hoped the Iranians would play along for at least a year or two without pushing the envelope and exposing their dishonesty. However, the Iranians refused to play along because they are actually hardliners who want to undermine American interests.”

According to the official, the scrubbing scandal is now part of a larger net of lies cast by the Obama administration regarding the nuclear deal. “This is exactly what it looks like. The administration lied. They covered it up. And now they have to lie about the coverup,” the source told The Algemeiner

The footage of Psaki’s comments gained new significance last month in light of a New York Times Magazine profile of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who boasted of misleading the American public to garner support for the Iran deal. Rhodes revealed how he created an “echo chamber” among susceptible young journalists, policy experts and officials to spin the administration’s narrative of the nuclear agreement, including false and misleading claims.

Watch CNN’s Jake Tapper’s remarks below:

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  • Greer Fay Cashman

    So what else is new? Since when have politicians been honest?

    • Greer, your reply sounds like a typical Lefty response. Nothing here, let’s move on, they all do it. With your philosophy,I can rob a bank with impunity because others do it.

  • Liz Wagner

    18 minutes erased from the Nixon audio tapes. 8 minutes gone from Obama’s State Dept. video tape. Breaking news on the eights!

  • I no need to read the article about the Iranian nuclear deal, it was very obvious that Obama administration were brain perplexed doing the deal, visible matter men could easily observe!. A White House politics trap game player which they do not master. Madness.

  • nat cheiman

    Obama the liar

  • Is this a case of CNN turning to honest reporting or Rats leaving a sinking ship?

  • paul ackerman

    Does the phrase “We told you so..” resonate now?
    Anyone who is surprised that the Obama administration is this dishonest,and seems bent on undermining logical (American) national defense and international interests,has been delusional.
    I do wonder how the media icons, who were so openly used by Obama/Rhodes to “sell” this fraudulent agreement,really feel at this juncture.If they are honest among themselves there must be some serious head shaking and hand wringing that they’ve all been exposed as dupes.

    Until the Iranians launch an ICBM with a North Korean nuke aboard to annihilate some part of Israel –knowing that Obama would never defend Israel– the cocktail glasses will klink at parties in DC and NYC,and they’ll keep denying that this means anything.

    • Kris Kristian

      Why did anyone in USA ever vote for that black liar.
      I he and John Kerry and Hillary, are “awarded” with the greatest curses that God can give them

  • Hunter

    Pinnocio and his lying gremlins are continuing their best
    affront to the nation. Don’t worry citizens you voted for this and you are so confused you will probably keep these clowns in office. To me it smells like corruption.

  • Theodore Crawford

    America used to be a great nation. Now it’s just a large group of victims. When all other hope is gone, there is G_d.

  • fred

    It shows how little Obama & his Admin. can be trusted with the safety of Israel. They spit in your face and you are suposed to say its raining. Perfidious Obama.

  • Dan

    Obama has been is still is a thorn to Israel and America. He has no care except for furthering his agenda. World constitution speaks for itself. He was to try for a 3rd term for presidency which is against the constitution but what amendment has this president respected or honored. Its amazing how this man ruin all the values and morals this nation once held strong too. He wants to be the main guy in the UN, you have to be really blind not to see what this beast is doing. Why gaze up, for the same way he was taken up will be the same way he returns. Based on what’s happening all over the world, this generation will see something great and terrible. Turn your life’s now to Christ, you may not have any more time to wait till your ready. Please, turn from all evil, this world glory is not worth losing your soul. God Bless you all, love you all. Shalom.. Peace..

  • Beatrice Scheinbaum

    Is this the start of Obama’s “Watergate?”

  • Francis Figliola

    At best Kirby is a useful idiot!

  • Larry Trochtenberg

    The article reads as if written by Fox News.

  • Why hasn’t there been more outrage? The Obama deceived the American public, Israel and probably the rest of the world. Why isn’t this an impeachable offense? This is frankly worse than Watergate, The Iran Contra scandal and Iran’s involvement in killing the Argentine Prosecutor. Nisman.

  • george rosenbaum

    Quite unecessary Hysteria. Diplomatic negotiation is secret and if made public, selectively so. Obviously the press spokesman made a mistake by saying too much. It is quite natural and forgivable to remove that piece from the video. Those, who want the mistaken details of what was revealed at the briefing can inquire from the journalists who were at the meeting, as well as any quotes in the stories they wrote or broadcast.

  • Yaakov

    I don’t know why anyone is still surprised by lying and deception these days.

    In fact, in Israel, which prejudicial writers love to refer to as “the Jewish state” as much as possible, the population has long since blithely accepted this kind of behavior. Just before the last election, Netanyahu indicated that he would not sign a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority. That was bad enough. After the election, though, he backtracked, saying he would. How did the Israeli politicians respond? Whether left-wing or right-wing or centrist or religious or whatever, they still seemed eager to enter a coalition with him. They didn’t bat an eyelash over his two-faced remarks. That kind of thing is not only accepted; it’s expected, it seems.

    The Palestinians haven’t seemed ready to have their own state, but neither does Israel appear to be ready to be a Jewish state, much less be entitled to criticize administrations in other countries for their divrei sheker.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    The Obama regime does not care what you think. About anything. Ever.