State Dept: There Was 'Deliberate Request' to Delete Video of Rosen's Iran Questions
The State Department admitted today that a "deliberate" request was made to delete a portion of a 2013 press briefing video in which Fox News correspondent James Rosen asked about secret negotiations between the Obama administration and Iran.
“There was a deliberate request, this was not a glitch,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby, adding that it is not known who made the edit request on that day.
"It was not the right step to take," said Kirby.
He said he did not know of other examples of this taking place, but could not say with "great certainty" that it was the only instance.
Rosen pointed out the State Department censorship last month when he noticed the chunk of video was scrubbed from the State Department's website and official YouTube channel.
The video that mysteriously disappeared featured then-spokeswoman Jen Psaki suggesting that the media needed to be manipulated at times so the administration could accomplish its goals.
The video from Dec. 2013 contained a white flash instead:
The State Department previously blamed the edit on a "glitch."
Rosen was asking Psaki when secret talks with the Iranian regime had actually begun.
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.
Rosen later explained that in Feb. 2013 he received a tip from a source about secret, direct nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran, but the State Department denied it.
He asked Psaki about it after the talks were publicly disclosed and it became clear that the administration's initial denial was not truthful.
Bret Baier reported on the new developments on Your World this afternoon, calling Kirby's admission a "big deal."
He said the administration is going to have to explain whether this has happened before and who made the request for the video to be edited.
Baier noted that a top White House official recently bragged about how they were able to mislead the press during the Iran nuclear talks.
Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told The New York Times magazine that officials capitalized on the ignorance of younger reporters, who "literally know nothing."
Psaki now works as White House Communications Director.
Watch James Rosen's appearance on The Five above.