US lawmaker demands probe into missing State Dept. Iran video

June 3, 2016 22:42

WASHINGTON- A senior Republican congressman on Friday asked the US State Department inspector general to investigate why part of a 2013 public briefing that dealt with Iran nuclear talks was cut from a video before it was posted online.

The excised portion of the Dec. 2, 2013, briefing included a question about whether an earlier spokeswoman for the department had misled reporters about whether the United States was holding secret direct nuclear talks with Iran.

"In tampering with this video, the (State Department) Bureau of Public Affairs has undermined its mission to 'communicate timely and accurate information with the goal of furthering US foreign policy'," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said in a letter to the inspector general, Steve Linick.

"This is all the more troubling given that the video in question dealt with hugely consequential nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran," Royce added in the letter, released by his office.

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