Romney has first intelligence briefing
September 17th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney has first intelligence briefing

(CNN) – Mitt Romney received his first intelligence briefing Monday, less than one week after criticizing the president over the attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya.

His campaign confirmed that the Republican nominee took part in the briefing at an FBI building in Los Angeles following a campaign event.

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Romney's team did not say who in the national intelligence community provided the briefing.

CNN reported Thursday that Romney would start receiving the updates this week - a customary measure in the latter stages of a general election campaign for presidential challengers, regardless of which party is in power.

Romney took heat last week for releasing a highly charged political statement against the Obama administration before all the facts were known about the attacks overseas. He doubled down on his criticism in the aftermath of the violence.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Jim Acosta, and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • California • Foreign Policy • Intelligence • Mitt Romney
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Georgia Girl

    And he is still not intelligent.

    September 18, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  2. Yonni

    May be it is too early to give intelligent briefing for Mitt, he is highly mysterious man and doesn't care for half of his countrymen.

    September 18, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. Discernment

    Can you really trust Mitt Romney with classified information?

    September 18, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  4. limeade46

    Romney is not fit to lead our country.

    September 18, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  5. Kenney

    Perfect !! Romney says , let the games begin,,, he just dieing to push the button on the middle east go ahead buddy ,,, my daughter might be over there someday but what does he care

    September 18, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  6. Thomas

    GOP & Romney Donor Russell Wasendorf Sr Stole $220 million.
    The founder of US futures broker Peregrine Financial Group pleads guilty to a massive fraud involving 24,000 customers in the US state of Iowa.

    Romney / Ryan
    2012 friends in low places

    September 18, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  7. Hindsight 20/20

    This is a man who has run for president before. If he can't run his campaign right, how is he going to run a country? Not ready for prime time and not ready to be president.

    September 18, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  8. sadcon

    Whoever provided him this briefing , May god help us all "SHUDDERS".

    September 18, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  9. norguist

    What would he be doing at anything requiring intelligence?

    September 18, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  10. norguist

    The same goes for you?

    September 18, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  11. Marry

    Mitt Romney received his first intelligence briefing…in his life! He will not be able to keep it strait!
    November cannot come fast enough to stop this GOP/TP madness! Do not forget to send the GOP/TP congress of “NO” home too!

    September 18, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  12. frag

    Does this mean that Romney will be briefly intelligent?

    September 18, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  13. SMJ

    Don't you first have to BE intelligent in order to receive these briefings???

    September 18, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  14. John Oboho

    The intelligence briefing went thus; CIA:Sir,there is intelligence that suggest Iran is enriching uranium. Romney:call up the reserves,call for volunteers,but don't send any volunteer request to any of my five sons,they wont be available for the war,as they will be on mormon missionary work in France.

    September 18, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. Mouksey

    Wow! The poor and the middle class encased in a bubble to duke it out, again. Sounds like a premature release of Hunger Games Part 2. Why am I not surprised? The truth always comes out anyway.

    September 18, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    First intelligence briefing, huh? So did the empty chair show any reaction to the briefing? How about the empty suit?

    September 18, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  17. bethjoyce

    Sorry Romney. An intelligence briefing won't make you more intelligent!!

    September 18, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  18. Rationalintn

    It's not going to help. Brief him all he wants, nothing intelligent will come out of his mouth.

    September 18, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. Marie MD

    If's too late for a brain transplant for the twit.
    Oops, sorry, those kind of briefings, I don't feel comfortable giving this moron any intelligence reports. It's obvious that as a businessman he can't run his own campaign and, as his own wife explained for pity votes which didn't help, he didnt know enough about his family or one of his own non serving sons either when the kid was ten years old.
    I would disappear to one of my many mansions and take the lying altar boy with you. These two have no conscience character because they lie find and again even after the truth hits them in their smirky and plate faces.

    September 18, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. Strategic Bob

    Now, if they could inject some intelligence to go along with that intelligence briefing, it might improve things for him. That would be bad for the country, mind you, but it would be better for him.

    September 18, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  21. L. R. Long

    This guy doesn't need an intelligence 'briefing', he needs an intelligence SEMINAR!

    September 18, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Mike

    Romney has his first intelligence briefing. Must not have been a crowded room.

    September 18, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Grahame Rhodes

    I suppose this means that Romney got some intelligence. By BY Mitt.You are toast

    September 18, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    Oh God, this man is a complete idiot. And desperate to win at all costs. I shudder to think of him anywhere near the White House.

    OTOH, Keep talking Willard, the more you talk the more people get to know the real you!

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 18, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. A little sad

    I hope they point out that the US does not outsource control of it's military to the likes of Bibi.

    September 18, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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