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08 July 2010

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Col. Lang, could you please enlighten us? I'm confused.

I understand that this means that an "On the record" briefing has to be approved.

However, does this mean that an "off the record" briefing when the Pentagon leaks something to the media also has to be approved?

So I understand we have on record approved briefings, off the record approved briefings, on the record unapproved briefings and off the record unapproved briefings.

But what happens when the Pentagon wants plausible deniability? Those would actually be approved, unapproved off the record briefings.

What happens when Gates himself wants to get an off the record unapproved briefing approved? Who does he go to for approval? President Obama?

What about Gen. Petreaus and the need to start off the record rumours for operational reasons?

Please help me.

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