White House: We Didn't Delay Secret Somers Rescue Operation

December 5, 2014 8:46 PM

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White House: We Didn't Delay Secret Somers Rescue Operation

The White House doubled down today to bat back the idea that dithering at the highest levels delayed an ultimately unsuccessful military operation to rescue American al Qaeda hostage Luke Somers in Yemen last week.

“There are still some significant limits to what I can say about what is still a classified operation, but I would reject in the strongest possible terms that there was any delay at the White House in approving his mission,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

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