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October 10, 2014

WaPo Reporter: White House Spin on Cartegena Cover-Up "Demonstrably False"

The reporter is Carol Leonnig, who has written (IIRC) or co-written the all the very-damaging disclosures recently about the Secret Service.

She seems to have multiple sources, in the Secret Service and in the Inspector General's office.

The White House has been insisting lately that all her reportage about a White House connection to the Cartegena Prostitute Scandal was "old news" and that the White House's claims that there was "no evidence" of a White House connection was and remains true.

It's not. It's false.

And Carol Leonnig is saying so.

"The White House has said a lot of different things over the last two years about why a White House staffer likely wasn't involved and why their review was very thorough and they found nothing to it," Leonnig said. "This issue of mistaken identity is a red herring. It's demonstratively false to say the only evidence involving this guy was that a woman had signed herself into this room."

After reviewing records, Leonnig and Nakamura found that the inspector general investigating the case had altered and stalled reports with "sensitive" information at the request of members of the administration.

"That acting inspector general refused to turn over any of his internal correspondence, so the senate investigation said, 'Hey, we looked at this; we couldn't figure out if the inspector general was retaliating against people who questioned him,'" Leonnig said. "But this inspector general resigned three days before he was supposed to come before a hearing of lawmakers and answer questions about this."

Video of Carol Leonnig discussing her scoops at the Free Beacon link.

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