Pelosi Expresses “Respect” For “Men And Women Of The Intelligence Community”

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May 15, 2009 2:14 p.m.

Here’s a statement just put out by Nancy Pelosi, which seems designed to turn down the heat on her claim that the CIA lied to her about torture, but doesn’t back off the claim:

Pelosi Statement on Panetta Message to CIA Employees

We all share great respect for the dedicated men and women of the intelligence community who are deeply committed to the safety and security of the American people. My criticism of the manner in which the Bush Administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe. What is important now is to be united in our commitment to ensuring the security of our country; that, and how Congress exercises its oversight responsibilities, will continue to be my focus as we move forward.

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