Fox News’s James Rosen called out the State Department Monday, accusing them of deleting a damaging exchange from their archive video of a December 2013 press briefing.
In 2012, Rosen had the following exchange with State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
ROSEN: There have been reports that intermittently, and outside of the formal P5+1 mechanisms, the Obama Administration, or members of it, have conducted direct secret bilateral talks with Iran. Is that true or false?”
NULAND: We have made clear, as the Vice President did at Munich, that in the context of the larger P5+1 framework, we would be prepared to talk to Iran bilaterally. But with regard to the kind of thing that you’re talking about on a government-to-government level, no.
Nuland’s answer contradicts what we now know to be true. In a profile with The New York Times, national security advisor Ben Rhodes admitted that the White House secretly sought out nuclear talks much earlier than they told the public, as far back as 2011.