U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes
July 2nd, 2013
07:55 PM ET
7 years ago

U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes

(CNN) - James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has apologized to a Senate committee for giving members a "clearly erroneous" answer about U.S. surveillance programs this year.

In a June 21 letter to Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein that is just coming to light now, Clapper said he wanted to "set the record straight."


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Please. Dude, just resign; we're sick of the lies.

    And let's end the spying on our own citizens. End PRISM; end the Patriot Act. End it right here, right now.

    July 2, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Tom L.

    I wish I could go back in time to the ticker when Rudy and Dutch and Sniffit and Dominican and Lynda and rs were defending this guy and his testimony. Perhaps this will help you become more aware that the dems are just a bunch of liars thirsting for more power and money and are no better than the repubs.

    July 2, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Evergreen

    I always believe there are two things you never ask if you are looking for a straight answer: Never ask about a person's sex live and never ask the spy chief about spying.

    July 2, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    If it were a public session, then why would he say it? Most, if not all National Security Briefings need to be done behind closed doors.

    July 2, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. California

    He'll be forgiven based on his lies in favor of the administration.

    July 2, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    James Clapper is toast !

    The director of national intelligence must never be clearly erroneous .

    July 2, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    Congress authorized these 'spying' actions with their blanket approvals of various updates to the "PATRIOT" Act. I'm sure Clapper was under oath (not the one to the House; the one to the Government of the USA) not to reveal details of what 'spying" was done.

    For Congress to question Clapper for activities some previous Congress authorized is more governmental Dog & Pony Showtime.
    Give Americans Some Comedy. Let's see our Congress In Action. Ask one of our Chief Spies about some secret info, and see if he talks.

    Maybe It is time to reexamine the Patriot Act. But there is little chance the current Congress can get ANYTHING worthwhile done for our Country; they are all about their party.

    July 3, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. PaulG

    Err, damage control?

    July 3, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Must be rough having a job where you are sworn to secrecy.

    July 3, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. stick it

    Ok u all should include the whole story .. Like what is the error or lies

    July 3, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |