“F*** the EU”: Top State Dep’t official’s phone call to U.S. ambassador in Ukraine leaked online

posted at 3:41 pm on February 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’d call it a bombshell, not because of what’s being said but because we’re able to listen to it at all. The identities of the speakers haven’t been officially confirmed but Jay Carney didn’t deny when asked that this is Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. ambassador Geoffrey Pratt spitballing about whom they’d like to see lead the opposition in Ukraine. The F-bomb is deployed because Nuland’s frustrated that the EU isn’t doing more to pressure Viktor Yanukovych, the Putin-backed Ukrainian president whose recent deal with Moscow instigated the last few months of protests. (If you’re not keeping up with the simmering revolution there, read MKH’s useful primer from last week.) It’s … mildly interesting, I guess, if you think a diplomat criticizing an ally with an idle profanity in private conversation is some grievous breach of protocol.

Here’s the interesting part:

[T]he disclosure represents a potentially big breach in security, which had been tightened at U.S. embassies following the WikiLeaks disclosures of several years ago…

The leak appears to be a smear campaign aimed to split the EU and U.S., who have been critical of the Ukrainian government’s handling of the more than two months of anti-government protests. The tape is also likely to fuel Russia’s claims the U.S. and EU are manipulating and even funding the protest movement in Ukraine…

[The unknown YouTube user who uploaded the clip] posted a second audio clip that appeared on YouTube of a conversation in German presumably between Helga Schmid, deputy secretary general of the EU’s External Action Service (EAS), and EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski. The two voices discuss how the EU is seen by the U.S. as being “soft” on Ukraine.

The security breach is the bombshell. Chats between the State Department brain trust and its top diplomats in the field are, I hope, protected with cutting-edge cybersecurity, especially given the fragility of Ukraine right now. Either this call wasn’t or our cyberdefenses aren’t as cutting-edge as we thought. Carney pointed the finger squarely at Russia, which is the logical conclusion. It would, I hope, require government resources to unscramble a call like this, and Putin’s the one who benefits most if the U.S. and EU are at each other’s throats. (Note in the excerpt that a second call, highlighting the EU’s perspective on strains with the U.S., was also mysteriously uploaded.) “Coincidentally,” news of the call broke big on a day when Nuland herself is visiting Ukraine, just to maximize the embarrassment. Whether this is a veiled threat, to signal that Russia has other, more damning recordings that might be mysteriously leaked, or something else is unclear, but it’s perfectly clear that the NSA has (or had) the capacity to respond in kind at even higher levels of government. I hope an embarrassing phone call from Sergei Lavrov or Putin himself to one of their puppets in Ukraine mysteriously hits YouTube next week. Their Sochi global photo op starts today. Why not complicate it for them?


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Bitter Clinger on February 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Nothing a reset button won’t fix!

ledbylight on February 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Something tells me that we shouldn’t be surprised that people are trying to spy on our communications. After all, we were doing this to our allies, weren’t we?

Ryderz on February 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I blame a rogue NSA agent who recorded the call.

Chris of Rights on February 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Another example of Smart Diplomacy! at the Obama administration

Dr.B on February 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I seem to remember the press reacted with condescending hilarity when, during the election, Romney described Russia as our most concerning geopolitical foe.

Just one more propaganda error the press can now confess to having inflicted upon the country.

MTF on February 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

F***ing Smart Diplomacy

rlhjax on February 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. ambassador Geoffrey Pratt spitballing about whom they’d like to see lead the opposition in Ukraine

These are incredible fools. Putin rules because they Lean Forward for him.

I hope an embarrassing phone call from Sergei Lavrov or Putin himself to one of their puppets in Ukraine mysteriously hits YouTube next week. Their Sochi global photo op starts today. Why not complicate it for them?

You assume that the Russians are as stupid as the current pajama-boys/girls in DC.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Well, if this does not show that we have little children in charge at the State Department, nothing will.

Nuland in charge of anything more than a Wannabe-Diplomat group of stoners in an Ivy League dorm, jammering after midnight, is much more danger than the world should allow.

Shaughnessy on February 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

OOPS!!

AP Politics ‏@AP_Politics 9m

US suspects Russian involvement in bugging of diplomat’s Ukraine phone call, @AP’s Matthew Lee reports. http://apne.ws/1b68LS8
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-sees-russian-hand-envoys-bugged-call

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

AP, the thread caption s/b

F***ing Smart Diplomacy

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Ha ha ha ha the adults are in charge.

Brat on February 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

They spelled U.N. wrong.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

*waiting for the internet to deliver the inevitable N.W.A. mashup of “Fuck The EU”*

NathanHale on February 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Salty!Victoria shows she means business. Smart diplomacy isn’t for the faint of heart.

butch on February 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Nuland knows a lot about Benghazi that she will never divulge…

d1carter on February 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Damn it, all these new posters, I can’t keep track. Noobs need yellow stripes over their names like they do in NASCAR for noob drivers.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Redundant. The EU is manifestly self-diddling.

mojo on February 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Adults are in charge!

VorDaj on February 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Jen Psaki
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
February 5, 2014
****************

UKRAINE

Creation of New Government / Pressing Parties

TRANSCRIPT:

1:13 p.m. EST
===============

MS. PSAKI: Ukraine?

QUESTION: Yes.

MS. PSAKI: Okay.

QUESTION: Did you see the comments by Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Putin’s spokesman, about how there’s no need to review Russia’s gas deals with Ukraine if Ukraine pays its bills on time? I think the debt is now estimated to be something like $3.3 billion. Do you regard those comments as a Russian effort to squeeze the Ukrainians in some way or another?

MS. PSAKI: I haven’t actually seen them yet. I’m not sure if they just came out before I came down here, so let me check in with our team and see what our views are on that.

QUESTION: Can I just stick on Ukraine?

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: Yesterday, we were asking about the preliminary talks that you’re in with the EU and other bodies for a loan, and I had asked you whether it would be possible to make that loan to an interim government.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: I wondered if you had any clarification on that today.

MS. PSAKI: Sure. Well, we wouldn’t call it an interim government. The stage right now is the creation of a new government. That’s what we’re focused on, that’s what we’re pressing the parties to work toward, and while this is preliminary and no decisions have been made about any aid or assistance packages, certainly we would consider and take a look at what that new government is doing and consult with them as we make that decision. So it wouldn’t be tied to an electoral date, if that makes sense.

QUESTION: Even though there would, at some point, be new elections? I mean, I believe that’s one of the issues that is now being under consideration.

MS. PSAKI: Certainly there have been proposals which we don’t have a view on. That’s up to the people of Ukraine. But what I was – what I’m trying to answer here is whether we would consider and whether we’re taking a look at the creation of a new government versus waiting for an election if there isn’t something that happens.

QUESTION: So you could consider a loan to a government that comes out of this process prior to any elections being held?

MS. PSAKI: Correct, mm-hmm.

QUESTION: I wonder if you could comment on some reports about the Sochi Games that actually, Americans’ security equipment and American personnel have been quietly sent or are operating there now and coordinating with the Russians. Could you confirm that?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we are certainly in close consultation with the Russians. We gave a briefing on this about 10 days ago, which we’re happy to send you the transcript of.

QUESTION: Right, right, right.

MS. PSAKI: I know the Department of Defense and others have made various announcements about different resources that will be provided, so that’s correct. And of course, our focus is on keeping American citizens up to date, make sure – making sure we’re protecting our athletes. We have a – we’ll have – of course, Diplomatic Security will have the lead in terms of the security component we have, though Russia has the lead on the overall security of the games.

QUESTION: Iran?

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: I was away for a few days, so my apologies if you’ve already –

MS. PSAKI: That’s okay.

QUESTION: — addressed this, but I think Foreign Minister Zarif has been taking some heat from the legislature on some comments he made about Israel, and I think those comments were walked back by one of his deputies. But I was wondering what your read is on that situation.

MS. PSAKI: I have not followed that closely. I’m not sure. Are you looking for what our view is on the comments or the walk-back or –

QUESTION: The comments and – yeah, the whole thing. Do you view it as sort of a softening of the ground, or is it just kind of like – do you think that it has any kind of wider impact on –

MS. PSAKI: Sure, let me take –

QUESTION: — potential change?

MS. PSAKI: — a closer look at those and see if there’s something more substantive we can get for all of you.

QUESTION: Sure.

MS. PSAKI: Thanks, everyone.

QUESTION: Thank you.

(The briefing was concluded at 1:53 p.m.)

DPB # 23

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/02/221280.htm
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/index.htm

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

This is the same woman who was caught initiating the Benghazi cover-up. She ain’t real bright.

Bill-Republic of Texas on February 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Nuland knows a lot about Benghazi that she will never divulge…

d1carter on February 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Indeed.

either orr on February 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

You just keep that Snowden kid down. I’m not sure “tightened security” means the same thing under the Obama administration.

Cindy Munford on February 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I agree! Screw the EU

blatantblue on February 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Just what exactly did Eric Snowden give the Russians?

rbj on February 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

d1carter on February 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I thought I remembered her name in the crafting of the youtube video saga communications.

Cindy Munford on February 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

There are only two possibilities–either they foolishly chose to talk on an insecure line or they were talking on a STE, probably at the SECRET level, and the Russians easily intercepted and unscrambled. I suspect they were talking on a commercial, non-scrambled line. Foolish.

NQJohnson on February 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

‘F**k the EU’: US State Dept. official in alleged phone chat on Ukraine posted online http://on.rt.com/qmtk3m
=====================================

http://rt.com/news/nuland-phone-chat-ukraine-927/

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Their Sochi global photo op starts today. Why not complicate it for them?

I think this is Putin’s way of saying “don’t even try”.

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

That Nuland character always comes off as a real harridan whenever she’s giving a press conference.

RedRedRice on February 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I blame a rogue NSA agent who recorded the call.

Chris of Rights on February 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

heh, Snowden has a farther reach in then most people realize…..

still

redguy on February 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I don’t get it. What is it that is actually wrong with saying “F*** the EU?”

I mean, who here doesn’t agree with that?

fadetogray on February 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Who was it that said a few weeks ago that Edward Snowden didn’t act alone and was likely helped by the Russians? Peter King..? I’m starting to think that he was right….Snowden might even be a cover for the Russians spying operations…

ujorge on February 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I blame a rogue NSA agent who recorded the call.

Chris of Rights on February 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I blame rouge IRS agents in Cincinnati for this.

Johnnyreb on February 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

‘F**k the EU’: US State Dept. official in alleged phone chat on Ukraine posted online http://on.rt.com/qmtk3m
=====================================

http://rt.com/news/nuland-phone-chat-ukraine-927/

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

No F**k Nuland and Obama’s state department…..these morons act as if anyone gives a *hit what they think.

redguy on February 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

This is the same woman who was caught initiating the Benghazi cover-up. She ain’t real bright.

Bill-Republic of Texas on February 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

She was also Dick Cheney’s deputy foreign policy adviser.

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Ukraine is a big F’in deal, almost as big an F’in deal as Obamacare.

Steve Z on February 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I don’t get it. What is it that is actually wrong with saying “F*** the EU?”

I mean, who here doesn’t agree with that?

fadetogray on February 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I don’t even think Nuland understands what she is saying…..

redguy on February 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

There are only two possibilities–either they foolishly chose to talk on an insecure line or they were talking on a STE, probably at the SECRET level, and the Russians easily intercepted and unscrambled. I suspect they were talking on a commercial, non-scrambled line. Foolish.

NQJohnson on February 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Just testing out the iPhone 5 with iOS 7….they were pissed because Apple turned off their location services and don’t remember their PW…..oh wait! They never set a PW for location services…WTF

redguy on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I don’t get it. What is it that is actually wrong with saying “F*** the EU?”

I mean, who here doesn’t agree with that?

fadetogray on February 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

You would think they had upgraded security after Chelsea and Edward. The incompetence is wrong.

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Yanukovych reassures Nuland of readiness for dialogue, swift reform
Print version
Feb. 6, 2014, 6:19 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
*******************************************************

https://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/yanukovych-reassures-nuland-of-readiness-for-dialogue-swift-reform-336381.html

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

It’s the return of Bushian cowboy diplomacy!

Good Lt on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Uh Oh, another whoopsie by the SD!

These guys in charge are comedic, dangerous too, they gonna get us all in trouble!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

So, I wonder where the comments are along the lines that whoever leaked this should hang for treason along with Snowden?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Results for #Ukraine
********************

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Ukraine&src=hash

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

It’s the return of Bushian cowboy diplomacy!

Good Lt on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

On a girl’s bicycle!

questionmark on February 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Vasco Silva ‏@Callaicus 3m

#Ukraine – Sociopolis poll: 37.7% in favour of a deal with the EU, 28.9% joining Russia’s Customs Union, 25.1% neither
Expand

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

she was right.

rob verdi on February 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

It would be a wonder if this woman had the good sense to be embarrassed. Arrogance is strong with this one.

rcv77 on February 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I blame a rogue NSA agent who recorded the call.

Chris of Rights on February 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

It’s worth investigating whether or not the recording originated with NSA technology, rather than Russian technology.

We’ve had Russian sympathizers within our government for multiple decades.

Senator Joe McCarthy wasn’t wrong, he was proven right.

Drawing on primary sources—including never-before-published government records and FBI files, as well as recent research gleaned from Soviet archives and intercepted transmissions between Moscow spymasters and their agents in the United States—Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.

ITguy on February 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

electionista ‏@electionista 1m

#Ukraine: Sociopolis poll – @partyofregions 22% UDAR 17.7% Fatherland 12.9% Communists @kpu_ua 6.8% Solidarity 5.9% Freedom @vo_svoboda 5.2%

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

expecting that one to get flagged son. oh well I got copy now

dmacleo on February 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Laughs all around, but in 2005, there was no laughter when there was a security leak by the New York Times.
I wonder why that would be?

Pickle on February 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

First thing someone in the administration has said that I agree with.

dorkintheroad on February 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Hello Ms. Nuland, I have nurse Cratchet on the line… she wants her ‘look’ back.

RedManBlueState on February 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Uh Oh, another whoopsie by the SD!

These guys in charge are comedic, dangerous too, they gonna get us all in trouble!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Scrumpy:0
==========

http://www.state.gov/

https://twitter.com/StateDept

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

…Smart Power!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I don’t get it. What is it that is actually wrong with saying “F*** the EU?”

I mean, who here doesn’t agree with that?

fadetogray on February 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

You make a very good point, but it’s probably not the best language to use in the field of diplomacy anywhere outside of very discrete private conversation. Although, there are have to be diplomats in the EU that say the very same thing about Bammy’s admin.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

It’s the return of Bushian cowboy diplomacy!

Good Lt on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

On a girl’s bicycle!

questionmark on February 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

In mom jeans.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

To paraphrase Lenny Bruce…

“take away our freedom to say F*CK and you take away our freedom to say ‘F*CK the EU!’”. :)

Mordaukar on February 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

For once, I agree with the current Administration’s position on something.

**** the EU.
Because the EU, that’s why.

orangemtl on February 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

F*** Benghazi
F*** Syria
F*** Egypt
F*** Republicans
F*** Christians

Par for the course.

plutorocks on February 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Good ole Nurse Ratched Nuland!

Sherman1864 on February 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, ……………….:

Russian adviser threatens Ukraine with military force
******************************************************

Nele Obermueller and Olga Rudenko,
Special for USA TODAY 2:59 p.m. EST
February 6, 2014
******************

Ukrainian protesters say they have no doubt that Russia will intervene militarily in the unrest that has been plaguing the former Soviet territory for months.
(More,,,)
==========

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/02/06/ukraine-protests-russia-military-threats/5259777/

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I would rather they had told the UN to take a hike, but its OK with the Obama Admin to tell the EU to F***, let;s see – they returned the bust of Churchill, spied on Merkel….

disguted by the elites on February 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I don’t get it. What is it that is actually wrong with saying “F*** the EU?”

I mean, who here doesn’t agree with that?

fadetogray on February 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Did you read the article? ED directly answered this question in the article. Go do your homework; then you may come out and play….

Ace ODale on February 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I hope an embarrassing phone call from Sergei Lavrov or Putin himself to one of their puppets in Ukraine mysteriously hits YouTube next week.

A recording of a Russian politician cursing or insulting somebody would just make them more popular in Russia. Make him seem more like a man of the people and all that.

BubbaHoTep on February 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Arrgh! Not ED, I meant AP….

Ace ODale on February 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

“F*** the EU”

How, precisely?

Akzed on February 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM

It’s even worse than it appears for those of us watching Ukraine. More importantly than “F the EU” the call showed active interest in meddling with the affairs of the opposition, trying to see the current frontrunner of the troika, Klitschko replaced with his colleague Arseniy Yatsenyuk. This is unnecessary intrusion by this administration, particularly as a chain of preference among the opposition leaders has been a serious question that they have somewhat formally settled (Tymoshenko – jailed and therefore forced out of the process, then Klitschko, Yatsenyuk, and Tyagnybok).

The question of leadership has been among the most formidable of the hurdles in the Euromaidan movement. This far in, it’s an issue that must be seen as stable, and decided by a means that involves the Ukrainian people and the leadership of their elected parties. Certainly not one decided by outside interference, be that Obama or Putin. Even as is the above arrangement isn’t perfectly pleasing to all – a fourth leader Petro Poroshenko wants a hand in this, and much of the best true leadership has been shown by yet another, Yuri Lutsenko. Overall it’s a pot that doesn’t need the sort of unnecessary stirring Nuland wanted to give.

Even worse this call was from a period when Yatsenyuk was facing a deal with the devil, and could have sold out the people and his nation by agreeing to form a government under Yanukovych. Nuland was effectively strengthening that horrible offer. Thank God Yatsenyuk rejected the deal. He at least has some principle and common sense, where our own government in the US does not.

The Ukrainian people have been seeking our help in ridding themselves of their dictator since November, but naturally what does this administration do once waking up enough to give attention to the matter but immediately set about finding ways to eff everything up? Should we be surprised when neither Obama nor any of his underlings have made any stand for liberty in matters that don’t involve some sort of deviant sex? A hopeful Democracy is receiving “assistance” from those that forgot how to maintain any such thing…

Gingotts on February 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Just testing out the iPhone 5 with iOS 7….they were pissed because Apple turned off their location services and don’t remember their PW…..oh wait! They never set a PW for location services…WTF redguy on February 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Wow you sure know a lot about stuff.

Akzed on February 6, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Just some guidelines for public officials:
1. Don’t curse, ever.
2. Don’t have alcohol on your breath in public.
3. Never get on an elevator with someone you don’t know, unless you are accompanied by a friendly witness.
4. Don’t be photographed playing golf, being Republican, etc., while ‘the folks are hurting’ or your fellow public officials are in harm’s way.*
5. Never skip a chance to eat or to go to the bathroom – oh, wait, that’s actually a campaign guideline.

*Unless Politico, The Huffington Post, The NYT, et al, have your back.

Knott Buyinit on February 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The U.S. is the world’s punching bag since Obama took over.

He is mustering about the same respect that his ObamaCare is receiving.

right2bright on February 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

electionista ‏@electionista 1m

#Ukraine: Sociopolis poll – @partyofregions 22% UDAR 17.7% Fatherland 12.9% Communists @kpu_ua 6.8% Solidarity 5.9% Freedom @vo_svoboda 5.2%

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Thing to know about that is that the support is hard among the factions, and that there is very little quiet support for Yanukovych.

So the above numbers would also translate to Government 28.8%, Opposition 41.7%+ or more likely Opposition 41.7%, Government 22%, Communists 6.8%, because the Commies are always petulant, though they do support Regions when pressured.

That also agrees with what is known which is that Yanukovych’s approval is around 20-25%. Recent backpedaling on some of the dictatorial stuff is keeping Crimea and Donetsk quiet, but there aren’t huge swaths of support that will really come back to him.

Gingotts on February 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

SNOWDEN’S a TRAITOR!

WryTrvllr on February 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

That Nuland character always comes off as a real harridan whenever she’s giving a press conference.

RedRedRice on February 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Funny, she always seemed to have that “deer in the headlights” look to me.

To hear her swear is a turn-on! Ooooh Vicky! /

Hill60 on February 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Nuland may have let this one get out herself. Street creds.

Sting on February 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Gingotts on February 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Just so.

Adjoran on February 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

AP’s suggestion is that since Putin is posting top-secret intercepts on YouTube, Obama may respond by posting Putin’s phone-sex with rhythmic gymnasts. There follows ever escalating paparazzi flavor to Tabloid revelations about the gentlemen in striped pants.

Global politics might get a lot more interesting if Putin and Obama, each for their own inscrutable reasons, both start posting each other’s diplomatic dirty laundry on YouTube. This leak by Putin will be the beginning of Tabloid Diplomacy, I hope :-)

And AP saw it coming.

ShadrachSmith on February 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Well, I don’t care about the EU much either, with it’s expansive superstate spectrums and all, but damn is this going a little far. To be honest though, I don’t see the problem. If the Ukraine wants to cozy up with RusPutin, that is their prerogative. Funny that the supposed “understanding” presidency is so involved in this…you’d think they would be applauding such freedom. Forward!

zacmidnigh on February 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM

[popping more popcorn]

Ricard on February 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM

The State Department should remix this into an NWA style anthem.

“Yeah, yeah! This goes out to all my homies in Brussels! F*ck Tha EU!”

Lamont Cranston on February 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Hilarious AP!
You are unable to see the wretched hyenas of the State Department collaborating to ‘manage’ a.k.a topple sovereign governments using NGOs and ‘gay pride.’ Very American, isn’t it? I wonder why the Russians hate the US Government? Hmm?

Meanwhile, here is a litany of how the American Academy has created an industry of psychopathologizing conservatives.

http://radishmag.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/crazy-talk/

This is the regime carrying on ‘regime change’ in Ukraine.
Enjoy your bread and circuises.

flawedskull on February 6, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Hello Ms. Nuland, I have nurse Cratchet on the line… she wants her ‘look’ back.

RedManBlueState on February 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Yep, all she needs is the hair!

slickwillie2001 on February 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

UpDatey:

European Union
2m
Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland apologizes after cursing EU – @ABCNews
read more on abcnews.go.com
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Feb 6, 2014 4:08pm

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/02/official-apologizes-for-f-k-eu-comment/

canopfor on February 6, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Laughs all around, but in 2005, there was no laughter when there was a security leak by the New York Times.

I wonder why that would be?

Pickle on February 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Maybe because that earlier leak was no laughing matter, and could in fact be considered a criminal act?

The NY Times published classified documents about the enemies we were fighting at the time. We all know why the NYT leaked them.

In this case, no classified information was being discussed.

Thanks for playing!

Del Dolemonte on February 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The problem here is that these two should know any phone call they make could be, and probably is, intercepted by our enemies, and friends.

Annielou on February 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Uber-smart liberals at the top, getting caught with their pants around their ankles, and then blaming the belt company.

Summerlinian on February 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

It’s only metadata.

I see no problem with it.

……..

KMC1 on February 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Is there any party, anywhere, other than the EU itself, which doesn’t agree whole-heartedly with Nuland on this?

F*ck the EU, indeed.

Jaibones on February 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM

As a Eurosceptic, I actually agree with the “F the EU” sentiment.

royal flush on February 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

They spelled U.N. wrong.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

My thought, too.
I had to read the headline three times to get EU rather than UN.
Hahaha.

freedomfirst on February 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM

And Snowden’s intel to Putin pays off for Russia.

Irritable Pundit on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Reminiscent of the leaked Climategate emails which leak distinctly benefited heavily petroleum-based economies, such as our dear friend Russia.

The Commentator on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

OK, so I go through the whole tape, just to get to the end and see that they translated “f**k the EU” as “проучить EC” which translates as “to teach the EU a good lesson”. LOL!!! Got to love whoever did the translation into Russian!

Dan859 on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

SNOWDEN’S a TRAITOR!

WryTrvllr on February 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I’m much more comfortable with the U.S. being attacked because of classified info released by Snowden then having the NSA help the Progressives drag this country into a place where serfs rat each other out.

At least if we’re attacked, we’ll pick ourselves up with a more Patriotic backbone and fight back. It’s hard to fight your own gov’t after they’ve shackled you.

Wasn’t this story about F***ing Bombshells or something?

UnstChem on February 6, 2014 at 10:20 PM

( New Low In Russian State-Craft)
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In the State Department Daily Press Video,..the (New Low) starts at the
[7:27 Mark]

Daily Press Briefing – February 6, 2014
Feb. 6, 2014: U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson Jen Psaki in Washington, DC.

VIDEO:(42:56)

http://video.state.gov/en/video/3162267122001
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Jen Psaki
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
February 6, 2014
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Index for Today’s Briefing

DEPARTMENT
Limited Evacuation of HST Building
SYRIA
Deal Reached Between Opposition Forces / Humanitarian Assistance
UKRAINE
Assistant Secretary Nuland’s and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Pyatt’s Telephone Conversation on YouTube
SYRIA
UN Managing the Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance
RUSSIA
UNSCR / Russian Ambassador in Damascus’ Efforts / U.S. Supports All Paths
NORTH KOREA
Ambassador King’s Travel regarding Ken Bae’s Release
INDIA
Path Forward / Energy Dialogue
PAKISTAN
Ordered Departure Lifted in Lahore / Consular Services Remain Unavailable / Embassy in Islamabad and Consul General in Karachi Provide Consular Services
RUSSIA
JAPAN
Secretary Kerry’s Meeting Tomorrow with Foreign Minister Kishida
TURKEY
Internet Law
RUSSIA/UKRAINE
Assistant Secretary Toria Nuland’s and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt’s Telephone Call
NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA
Family Reunion / Inter-Korean Relations
Military Exercises
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TRANSCRIPT:

1:43 p.m. EST
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MS. PSAKI: Hi, everyone. It sure has been an eventful day. Some of you have asked about the fire alarm going off, so let me just provide you a quick update on that. A fire alarm triggered in the basement prompted a limited evacuation of the basement and first floor areas of the Department. Fire and safety professionals are on site, as you all have seen. The situation is under control. There was no general evacuation, and personnel who exited the building are clearly back in the building. So that is the update.

QUESTION: So before we get back to Syria –

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: — let’s go to the real fire, or what seems to be the real fire at the moment, and which is Ukraine.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: And so before we get into the actual substance of this conversation, this call that was recorded and released, can you say whether you – if this call is an authentic recording of an authentic conversation between Assistant Secretary Nuland and Ambassador Pyatt?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I’m not going to confirm or outline details. I understand there are a lot of reports out there and there’s a recording out there, but I’m not going to confirm private diplomatic conversations.

QUESTION: So you are not saying that you believe this is a – you think this is not authentic? You think this is a –

MS. PSAKI: That’s not an accusation I’m making. I’m just not going to confirm the specifics of it.

QUESTION: Well, you can’t even say whether there was this call – that you believe that this call – you believe that this recording is a recording of a real telephone call?

MS. PSAKI: I didn’t say it was inauthentic. I think we can leave it at that.

QUESTION: Okay. So you’re allowing for the – you’re allowing the fact that it is authentic.

MS. PSAKI: Yes. Do you have a question about it?

QUESTION: Yes, okay. Yes, I do –

MS. PSAKI: Okay.

QUESTION: — now, once we get into it. Quite apart from the colorful language that is used in reference to the European Union, the conversation appears to – well, doesn’t appear to suggest, it does – the conversation shows that the United States certainly has – or at least officials within the U.S. Government have certain opinions about certain Ukrainian opposition leaders and others. And I’m wondering how that squares with your repeated insistence that every – all of this is up to the Ukrainians to decide themselves.

MS. PSAKI: It’s not inconsistent in the least bit. It is no secret that Ambassador Pyatt and Assistant Secretary Nuland have been working with the Government of Ukraine, with the opposition, with business and civil society leaders to support their efforts, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that at any point, there have been discussions about recent events and offers and what is happening on the ground. And as you know, Assistant Secretary Nuland is on the ground right now continuing our efforts in that regard.

It remains the case that it is up to the Ukrainian people themselves to decide their future. It is up to them to determine their path forward, and that’s a consistent message that we’re conveying publicly and privately.

QUESTION: All right. And I’ve got two more and then I –

MS. PSAKI: Okay.

QUESTION: — but they should be both brief. Specifically –

MS. PSAKI: On Ukraine or –

QUESTION: Yeah, on Ukraine.

MS. PSAKI: Okay.

QUESTION: As related to Assistant Secretary Nuland’s comments about the European Union, do – are the United States and the EU on the same page on what to deal – how to deal with the situation in Ukraine and how best to resolve the crisis?

MS. PSAKI: Well, let me first say, obviously, we work incredibly closely with the EU and with representatives of the EU, and Assistant Secretary Nuland certainly does as it relates to Ukraine. And she’s been in close contact with EU High Representative Ashton. Also, let me convey that she has been in contact with her EU counterparts, and of course, has apologized. But –

QUESTION: What did she apologize for?

MS. PSAKI: For these reported comments, of course.

QUESTION: So you’re not confirming that the comments are accurate? She’s –

MS. PSAKI: I’m just not going to speak to a private diplomatic conversation, Arshad, but I’m obviously speaking to the content of the reports.

So she’s been in touch with them, and clearly, we’ve been working closely with them on what should happen on Ukraine, what should happen – what kind of package that – as you know, as we’ve been discussing in here, we can discuss for a government once it’s formed. And if we have frustrations, we express those privately as well, but it’s important to note how closely we work with them and how aligned we are on this issue.

QUESTION: Do you know who she apologized to? Was it Catherine Ashton or –

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have that level of specificity, just that she’s been –

QUESTION: All right. And then my last one on this is: Your colleague at the White House made mention – pointed out quite obviously – or made a point of noting that an aide to a Russian – a senior Russian official was, if not the first, one of the first to draw –

MS. PSAKI: Was the first, yes.

QUESTION: — draw attention to this.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Well, I believe that – if you don’t know who posted the thing on YouTube, correct?

MS. PSAKI: That’s a fair point, mm-hmm.

QUESTION: So that would be the first drawing of attention to it, correct, the actual posting of the video with the audio in it, right? But among the first, if not the first, was this aide to Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin tweeting about it.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Do you think, does the U.S. Government believe, that Russia was behind this bugging and release? And if you are not willing to go that far, are you concerned at all that officials in the Russian Government seem to be wanting to point – to draw attention to this?

MS. PSAKI: Well, certainly we think this is a new low in Russian tradecraft in terms of publicizing, posting. I don’t have any other independent details about the origin of the YouTube video. You’re right. This has clearly happened overnight and is relatively new. But this is something they’ve been actively promoting, posting on, tweeting about, and certainly that we feel that represents a new low.

QUESTION: But do you think that –

QUESTION: Well, what do you mean – can I follow up, please?

MS. PSAKI: Yeah, sure.

QUESTION: What do you mean by this is a new low in Russian tradecraft? Tradecraft is a word typically that refers almost exclusively to espionage activities. Are you saying that you regard this as an act of Russian espionage, that this conversation was recorded and broadcast?

MS. PSAKI: Well, certainly, if it was recorded and broadcast, that that would be that – that it would be violating a private conversation.

QUESTION: But you said this is a new low in Russian tradecraft.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: That means you think that the Russians, in fact, recorded and made available this broadcast.

MS. PSAKI: Well, as I just stated, I don’t have any independent or new information on that, but obviously, they promoted this and were the first to tweet about it, so that’s what I was noting.

QUESTION: So that’s your suspicion, that you didn’t – I mean, you said this is a new low in Russian tradecraft. That implies that you believe it is their responsibility.

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think I was pretty clear in answering Matt’s question that I don’t have any independent information on the origin of the YouTube video, but obviously, they were the first ones to post on Twitter about it, which is an indication. But again, I don’t know – I don’t have any independent –

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: So when you’re –

QUESTION: And then – wait, sorry, can I keep going?

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: Because they’re – look, the Russians have repeatedly accused the United States Government of interfering in Ukraine’s politics.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: The U.S. Government has, to some degree, made reciprocal claims about Russia. Does not the fact that U.S. diplomats purportedly are discussing who should and should not be in a Ukrainian government hint at some possibility of U.S. interference here?

MS. PSAKI: Absolutely not. There – it should be no surprise that U.S. officials talk about issues around the world. Of course we do. That’s what you do, that’s what diplomats do, and discuss especially issues where we’ve been closely engaged. The Secretary met with the opposition this weekend. He stopped by a meeting with the foreign minister. It’s up to the people of Ukraine, including officials from both sides, to determine the path forward. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are discussions about events on the ground.

QUESTION: This was more than discussions, though. This was two top U.S. officials that are on the ground discussing a plan that they have to broker a future government, and bringing officials from the UN to kind of seal the deal. This is more than the U.S. trying to make suggestions. This is the U.S. midwifing the process.

MS. PSAKI: Well, Elise, you’re talking about a private diplomatic conversation. Those happen all the time. Of course as part of private diplomatic conversations, there are discussions about what involvement the UN can have, what involvement or engagement should happen on the ground. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Of course, these things are being discussed. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s up to the people on the ground, it is up to the people of Ukraine to determine what the path forward is.

QUESTION: But you’re clearly trying to influence what they decide. I mean, one of the quotes is – and this is attributed to Ambassador Pyatt: “I think you reaching out to him” – Klitschko –“helps with the personality management among the three, and it gives you also a chance to move fast and all this stuff and put us behind it before they all sit down.” And he explains why he doesn’t like it. That’s not – that’s not oh, let them figure this out. That’s gee, let’s try to do this so that he won’t decide he doesn’t like this plan.

MS. PSAKI: Well, Arshad, it’s not a secret that we’re engaged with what’s happening on the ground. I mean, the Secretary met with the opposition this weekend. He also met with the foreign minister. As part of those discussions, you engage with what’s happening, what the recommendations are. They’re going to choose to do it or they’re not. But that’s, of course, what you discuss in any meeting or conversation regardless.

QUESTION: I want to go back to –

QUESTION: But the bottom line here –

QUESTION: He does actually –

QUESTION: — is that you do have an opinion about what certain people should – what role certain people should – what role you think is best for certain people to play, correct? I mean, you do have – that is an opinion of the United States. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to foist that or force it on the people of Ukraine, but you do have an opinion, correct?

MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, I would caution everybody –

QUESTION: Is that correct?

MS. PSAKI: One moment. We’re talking about a couple of minutes from a recorded call.

QUESTION: Right.

MS. PSAKI: That doesn’t reflect every conversation that’s happened –

QUESTION: No.

MS. PSAKI: — every debate that’s happened, every internal conversation that’s happened.

QUESTION: No, you’re right.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: You’re absolutely right. But you do have – here is a case where an official – two officials are talking about a preference for what one opposition or several opposition leaders should do, whether they should be in or stay out of the government; is that not correct? So you do have an opinion about what you think would be best.

MS. PSAKI: Well –

QUESTION: And I’m not sure that that’s so –

MS. PSAKI: I’m not –

QUESTION: — that’s bad –

MS. PSAKI: We have opinions about a range of issues.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. PSAKI: That shouldn’t be a surprise.

QUESTION: So here’s my – so I would just then – so when you get a question –

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: — about whether you think it would be good or bad for Politician X or Y in Country X or Y to run for office, for any office, I don’t think that it is honest for you to say no, we don’t have an opinion and that’s completely up to the people of Country X.

MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, there’s a –

QUESTION: And I specifically mean in this case I’m talking about Egypt.

MS. PSAKI: Sure. Well, let me just –

QUESTION: Because you do have an opinion.

MS. PSAKI: — make one comment here. There is a difference between private discussions that happen in the interagency process, in the building, and what we convey publicly as a U.S. Government. And we have a responsibility to convey what our position is. Of course, you’re discussing a range of options on a range of issues.

QUESTION: But if –

MS. PSAKI: That’s what you do as –

QUESTION: But I’m sorry –

MS. PSAKI: — as a diplomat.

QUESTION: If you’re saying privately behind the scenes that you’re cooking up a deal, and then you’re saying publicly that this is up for Ukrainians to decide, those are two totally different things. I understand that diplomatic discussions are sensitive and you don’t want everything to come out, but those are two totally different – totally different positions.

MS. PSAKI: Elise, what do you think happens behind closed doors when people are discussing issues internally through the interagency –

QUESTION: This is not discussing issues. This is talking about a deal that the U.S. was cooking up with –

MS. PSAKI: I think I would disagree with you. I think you’re overstating and overqualifying a couple of minutes from a privately recorded phone call.

QUESTION: I want to go back to the issue –

QUESTION: So it was a privately recorded phone call now?

MS. PSAKI: I’m done, Arshad. Next?

QUESTION: I want to go back to the issue of your divergences with Europe –

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: — and what to do about Ukraine.

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: I mean, obviously, the language that Assistant Secretary Nuland used suggests a fairly high degree of frustration. So what is behind that? What is it that you want to be done that the Europeans are not falling in line with?

MS. PSAKI: I think I just answered this. I mean, obviously, we work very closely with the EU and specifically on this issue in recent weeks, as given how much prominence it’s received but how important it is, a priority to us and a priority to the EU. So we’ve been in close discussions with them, we’ve been working closely with them. These reported – this discussion is about events that happened days and days ago, so just remember that for contextual purposes.

QUESTION: Just last week –

QUESTION: Well, last week is not really days and days. I mean, it is days and days ago, I suppose –

MS. PSAKI: Technically, it’s days and days ago.

QUESTION: It’s not like it’s ancient history. This is very recent.

QUESTION: But she says – she says – I’m not going to repeat what she said, but she’s obviously angry with the European Union. So despite the fact that you might be discussing this at a level, what is it that was making her angry with them?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I wouldn’t overanalyze one – a couple of words that were used on a phone call as to having larger meaning about some sort of ongoing issue. There are, of course, moments in every diplomatic relationship where you have small frustrations, where you agree, you disagree, you work through the issues, you talk about what the best step to take is, and that certainly has been the case here, which should be no surprise. And that’s why you have debates about what to do next on challenging issues.

QUESTION: So I wondered whether it went to the heart of the issue of sanctions, for instance, because I know the United States has been talking about and possibly preparing another level – a level of sanctions if things go drastically wrong in Kyiv.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Is this perhaps a track in which your European allies are not in agreement with you?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t think it’s – I would defer to them on what their views are on that, but it’s not an indication of that at all, and as you know, that wasn’t even discussed. So you know what our position is – it’s that we’re open to considering sanctions. That hasn’t obviously moved forward, or nothing has changed about our view right now. But this isn’t an indication of anything more than that.

QUESTION: Not discussed in this reported phone call, you mean?

MS. PSAKI: Correct.

QUESTION: I’d like to go back to the Russian involvement. While you did – while you were talking about the statecraft and the idea that this Russian assistant of the deputy prime minister tweeted out, you said that you didn’t have any solid evidence that the Russians were involved, but you did say that there’s – that the fact that the Russians were so quick to have this video and tweet it out, that it’s an indication of their possible involvement. Is that what you’re saying?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think that is an indication that they’re promoting it – I mean, not just an indication. It’s evidence that they’re promoting a privately recorded phone call.

QUESTION: Not that they’re promoting it, but that they had a hand in obtaining it.

MS. PSAKI: As I said, and this hasn’t changed, I don’t have any independent information about who posted the YouTube video. So –

QUESTION: But you believe the fact that they had it early and are promoting it so much is an indication of their possible involvement in obtaining it. Is that what you’re saying?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I don’t have any more information on it, Elise. I will let you all draw your own conclusions, but I don’t have anything in addition about the source of the YouTube video. But obviously, they were the first to post it on Twitter.

Go ahead. Or do we have any more on Ukraine? Go ahead.

QUESTION: Just one thing. You did say that this was a conversation that happened days and days ago. Where was Secretary – Assistant Secretary Nuland?

MS. PSAKI: This was an issue being discussed days and days ago, as you know, in terms of who would or wouldn’t join the government. But go ahead.

QUESTION: Well, we’d seen the conversation was actually a few days ago as well because events have now moved on from the report –

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm. Sure.

QUESTION: — the events that are referred to in the conversation. I wondered if you could tell us where Assistant Nuland was when this conversation was made. Was she in Ukraine?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any information on that. She obviously is in Ukraine now. She wasn’t there before yesterday. So –

QUESTION: But I think the conversation goes back several days, to last week, as Matt mentioned.

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any more information on where it took place.

QUESTION: Can I just ask – unless you want to –

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: How pervasive is – do you think the sentiment that Toria has apologized for – how pervasive is that within the State Department, within the Administration?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t think it is at all.

QUESTION: Is it going to be the new rallying cry of the EUR Bureau or of the State Department itself?

MS. PSAKI: Well –

QUESTION: Are you going to get t-shirts made with this phrase on it?

MS. PSAKI: You all know Toria pretty well. You may know the story of how she lived on a Russian boat for about eight months when she was 23, and she learned how to perfect perhaps certain words in a couple of languages, so perhaps it speaks to that more than a pervasive viewpoint.

QUESTION: So it’s her fault that she worked on a Soviet fishing vessel that she uses such language?

QUESTION: They taught her to cuss?

QUESTION: Are you – wait, are you suggesting that she has a – you’re not suggesting that she has a predisposition against Russia?

MS. PSAKI: No, I was suggesting that she learned Russian curse words and curse words on the fishing boat.

QUESTION: This was in English.

QUESTION: But this was in English.

MS. PSAKI: She – I was making a joke –

QUESTION: Oh, okay.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. PSAKI: — about her learning curse words on a fishing boat.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: Okay. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Just one other thing. Is there any concern in the Department that if there is a Russian hand in this, that her – that Assistant Secretary Nuland’s relationship with the Russians, which – and Russia is part of her portfolio now – is going to be hurt? I recall when she was sworn in, the Secretary told a little story about how Foreign Minister Lavrov had said to him that he was glad that he finally got rid of that Nuland woman –

MS. PSAKI: I was there for that. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: — and the Secretary replied – said he replied to Lavrov saying, “No, I didn’t fire her. I promoted her.”

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: So there seems to be a little bit of tension there. Are you concerned that this alleged Russian hand that you are suggesting is going to make things worse?

MS. PSAKI: No, I don’t think that’s our view at all. This is – and Toria has been working on issues related to Russia, as you know, for many, many years, and she is the last person who is to be naive about areas where we agree and disagree and concerns we have and things we can work with them on, and I don’t think this will impact our relationship moving forward.

QUESTION: All right. And then the – my last thing, and then just –

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: — first to your reference to her working on this trawler. Are you trying to suggest that she has the mouth of a sailor here?

MS. PSAKI: I wouldn’t want to say that in case her mother reads the transcript, but those of us who know her – (laughter) –

QUESTION: Mothers sometimes watch it live. (Laughter.)

MS. PSAKI: That’s true.

QUESTION: Her mother is a big fan of Arshad’s, actually.

MS. PSAKI: I heard she’s a big fan of Arshad. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Who among us is not? (Laughter.)

MS. PSAKI: All right.

QUESTION: Ah, the levity.

MS. PSAKI: Arshad, did you have something on another topic you want to talk about?

QUESTION: Yes.

MS. PSAKI: He’s all red in the face now, just to be reflected in the transcript.

QUESTION: For the record, I’m very fond of Toria’s mom.

MS. PSAKI: Who isn’t? Who among us isn’t?
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/02/221422.htm

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Remember this Nuland quote at a State Department briefing?

“Look, I’m generally dumber than most of the rest of the government,” Nuland told reporters yesterday. “I mean, that’s what I’m paid to be.”

Have to congratulate Nuland for giving the State Department its money’s worth.

WestTexasBirdDog on February 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Okay … what the hang . . . . . 1 0 0

listens2glenn on February 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

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