You need to read more carefully and think harder. I specifically said “in addition to Clapper’s office” there are three agencies; Clapper’s ODNI plus those three are the four agencies you are talking about. Your quibbling over the use of the word “retract” is pure pedantry; I used it per definition. NYT admitted unequivocally that their “17 intelligence agencies” claim was completely false; you’re trying to use the fact that they called it a “correction” (a term they only used because the claim wasn’t central to their article) to falsely imply that they were in some way less explicit about their admission than they were. That’s wrong.

Fair warning: I have a zero tolerance policy for ad hominems here.

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