Thursday, August 29, 2013

Classics of non-denial

Saudi Press Agency --

Jeddah, Shawwal 22, 1434, Aug 29, 2013, SPA -- Commenting on what has been published recently by Wall Street Journal quoting Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Chief of the General Intelligence and Secretary General of the National Security Council, a source said that Prince Bandar does not make any press statement and does not hold an interview with any newspaper or others. Therefore, it is not true to what has been quoting of Prince Bandar for that newspaper.

The section of the WSJ article that has excited the most controversy --

Qatar is "nothing but 300 people…and a TV channel," the Saudi prince yelled into a phone, according to a person familiar with the exchange. "That doesn't make a country." Saudi officials declined to comment on the exchange.

Thus, the Journal never claimed to have a press statement or interview with Prince Bandar.