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Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Also, when you have "actionable intelligence" you keep it close to the vest and act on it. You don't make a press release about it, tipping off that "you're on to them". Blurting something like this out will give the CIA chance to work on plausible deniability and cover stories - if it were true.
The only reason the Pentagon would have for making a statement like that is to SWAY PUBLIC OPINION.