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December 07, 2007

Huckabee did not Hear About NIE Report

This guy wants to be President, but had not heard about the controversy surrounding the recent NIE report:
More than 24 hours after the White House released a major report on Iran's nuclear program, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee told journalists that he wasn't aware of the intelligence community's new assessment that Tehran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

A reporter for The Politico had to tell the former Arkansas governor what was in the National Intelligence Estimate. Here's an excerpt from the transcript that the newspaper published on its website:

David Paul Kuhn: I don’t know to what extent you have been briefed or been able to take a look at the NIE report that came out yesterday ...
Huckabee: I’m sorry?
Kuhn: The NIE report, the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. Have you been briefed or been able to take a look at it —
Huckabee: No.
Kuhn: Have you heard of the finding?
Huckabee: No.

Huckabee then shares his views on the Iranian program. "I’ve heard, the last two weeks, supposed reports that they are accelerating it and it could be having a reactor in a much shorter period of time than originally been thought," he says, according to Politico.

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