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CIA Director's Flub

6:41 PM, Feb 10, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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It's one thing that news organizations misread the situation in Egypt today, issuing conflicting reports throughout the day. (Hosni Mubarak will resign, no he won't, yes he will -- that's how today's events were reported, until finally Mubarak made his announcement.) But it's a little disheartening when the CIA chief, Leon Panetta, gets it wrong.

Earlier today, the Washington Post sent out this email alert:

CIA Director Leon Panetta, in testimony before a House intelligence committee Thursday, said, "There is a strong likelihood that Mubarak will step down this evening," referring to the Egyptian president. 

One would hope that American intelligence might be better informed than news outlets. 

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