No More Cover for Clapper

For those of us wondering how it's possible that the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, had no idea that 12 people had been arrested in a terror plot in London early in the same day that he sat down for a nationally televised interview, little light has been shed. The good news is that the administration stopped trying to cover for Clapper.

He wasn’t immediately briefed on London because it didn’t appear to have a homeland nexus and there was no immediate action by the DNI required. Nevertheless, he should have been briefed on the arrests, and steps have been taken to ensure that he is in the future.

“Director Clapper had not yet been briefed on the arrests in the United Kingdom at the time of this interview taping,” said ODNI spokeswoman Jamie Smith in a statement.

Clapper, she explained, had been “working throughout the day on important intelligence matters, including monitoring military and political developments on the Korean Peninsula, providing answers to questions concerning the ratification of the START nuclear treaty, and other classified issues.