Gibbs Ordered to Say Drone Program ‘Didn’t Exist’

Reminds me of Sgt. Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes. I know nussing! Via USA Today:

It’s remarkable to consider how much drone strikes are discussed in public these days.

At one time, the White House spokesman was told not not admit the program existed.

Robert Gibbs, who came to the White House with President Obama in 2009, told MSNBC this weekend that “when I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program … You’re not even to discuss that it exists.”

Gibbs called it a “crazy” proposition: ”You’re being asked a question based on reporting of a program that exists. So you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program … pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”

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