The Obama administration’s useful lie about Iran talks

The Obama administration’s useful lie about Iran talks

With concision and clarity utterly lacking in administration discussions of Obamacare, the State Department on Monday called a lie a lie.

Under persistent questioning from James Rosen, Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki admitted that her predecessor, Victoria Nuland, misled reporters when, in February, she denied the existence of “direct, secret bilateral talks with Iran.”

The question was Rosen’s, and Nuland’s denial was unequivocal: “With regard to the kind of thing you’re talking about on a government-to-government level: No.”

It has now been revealed that senior U.S. diplomats—Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden’s top foreign policy adviser—conducted at least five secret negotiations with Iranian officials in Oman’s capital of Muscat.

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