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CIA Calls ABC Report That It Refused To Brief Congress On Fort Hood Suspect Bogus

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It's not clear if the CIA statement intends a distinction in its reference to "Congress" rather than "intelligence committees." Our calls to the House and Senate intel panels seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Citing two unnamed officials, the ABC piece reports that intel agencies were aware "months ago" that Hasan was "attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda." ABC does not provide any details on what form these attempts took, or who Hasan was trying to contact.

Late Update: The phrase "one senior lawmaker" in the ABC story has now been changed to read "Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)" -- though it's not clear whether Hoekstra was the original unnamed lawmaker.

ABC reports:

Hoekstra said he is "absolutely furious" that the house intel committee has been refused an intelligence briefing by the DNI or CIA on Hasan's attempt to reach out to al Qaeda, as first reported by ABC News.

Hoekstra's spokesman on the House intel panel did not immediately respond to our request for comment.