Washington (AP) - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today clarified her recent statements about the CIA.
"The CIA does not lie to Congress. No - it kind of misleads in a masterly fashion. What I mean is that it simply goes about its business; which it prefers you do not hear about, you do no see, and you certainly do not speak of. And, this is my mistake. I failed to play by the rules of their game. I spoke about the CIA and it was not all good."
CIA Director Leon Panetta leapt to the defence of his organisation.
"Let me be clear: It's not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. In fact, it's never once happened. We've always ensured that Congress simply doesn't know what we're up to - at least until after the event. Take the Bay of Pigs, for example. Obviously, we're not a law unto ourselves - it just feels that way."
Pelosi responded: "You may all wonder why at times I appear a little on the nervous side. A little freaked out, perhaps. Well, let me explain. On one clear day in November 1963, I was a standing on a certain grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas, and my hair was suddenly parted by a bullet that was anything but stray. Maybe Mr Panetta can explain to me how my hair got parted?"