Rosen: State Dept Removed My Iran Questions from Briefing Video
Questions are arising this morning about why a video of a 2013 State Department briefing was edited and a chunk of video apparently removed.
The video that mysteriously disappeared features then-spokesperson Jen Psaki suggesting that the media needed to be manipulated at times so the administration could accomplish its goals.
The video in question - which was cut and replaced by a white flash - featured Psaki and Fox News correspondent James Rosen.
Rosen was trying to get answers on when secret talks with the Iranian regime began in Dec. 2013.
Rosen: Is it the policy of the State Department, where the preservation of the secrecy of secret negotiations is concerned, to lie in order to achieve that goal?
Psaki: James, I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. I think this is a good example of that.
This comes after a weekend interview in which a top White House official appeared to brag about how they were able to mislead the press during the Iran nuclear negotiations.
Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told The New York Times magazine that officials capitalized on the ignorance of reporters, who were typically about 27 years old and "literally know nothing."
James Rosen explained what transpired on America's Newsroom this morning, saying that he was prompted to go back to the 2013 briefing clip because of the Times magazine story.
He then found the video on the State Department's website and official YouTube channel, but his questions were removed.
"An example of censorship it clearly appears to be. The State Department could not explain to me why this had been done. The State Department could not provide a single other instance where it used a white flash in any of its uploaded videos like that," said Rosen.
Rosen added that the full, unedited transcript was still available on the State Department website and the video has since been restored there.
He explained that in Feb. 2013 he had received a tip from a source about secret, direct nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran.
Then-State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland denied to Rosen that any such talks were ongoing.
Rosen said it later became clear that Nuland had not been truthful and after the talks were disclosed publicly later in 2013, he went to the briefing to question Psaki.
Watch James Rosen's report and the briefing videos above.
UPDATE, 3:00pm ET: The State Department blamed a "glitch" for Rosen's questions being removed.
"There was a glitch in the State Department video," spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.
Read more, here.