Media, Politics

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Fact Checks CNN

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wasted no time in confronting CNN for its report in which they claimed she “falsely blamed journalists for thwarting U.S. spying on Osama bin Laden just years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.” In response to CNN’s charge, Sanders revealed her sources…by asking CNN if the New York Times had ‘falsely’ reported Lee Hamilton of the 9/11 Commission when he stated, “Leaks can be terribly damaging. In the late ’90s, it leaked out [by journalists]…the U.S. was using Osama bin Laden’s satellite phone to track his whereabouts. Bin Laden stopped using that phone; we lost his trail.”

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacked CNN for saying she cited something that has been proven incorrect in a tweet on Wednesday night.

The New York Times article Sanders referenced in her tweet quoted Lee H. Hamilton, the vice chairman of the Sept.11 commission, who said, “Leaks, for instance, can be terribly damaging. In the late 90’s, it leaked out in The Washington Times that the U.S. was using Osama bin Laden’s satellite phone to track his whereabouts. Bin Laden stopped using that phone; we lost his trail.”

“The media routinely reports on classified information and government secrets that put lives in danger and risks valuable national security tools,” Sanders said at Wednesday’s press briefing. She then cited the situation about bin Laden’s phone to prove her point, and CNN reported that her claim had been proven false previously.

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