State Dept. won’t say if Rice knew of secret opinions.

Yesterday, ThinkProgress questioned whether Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was aware of the secret torture opinions revealed by the New York Times, given her previous declaration of “no more secret opinions.” At the State Department press briefing yesterday, a reporter asked spokesman Sean McCormack about Rice’s knowledge. He said he “didn’t ask her” yet:

QUESTION: Sean, I don’t know if you’d be able to comment on this, but the front page story of the New York Times about interrogation, secret interrogations.


QUESTION: Was Secretary Rice aware of this internal back-and-forth during that time period?

MR. MCCORMACK: I didn’t ask — I didn’t ask her about the story.

QUESTION: Did you see it?

MR. MCCORMACK: I did. I did see it. I didn’t ask her about the story.