Pelosi Statement on Panetta Message to CIA Employees

May 15, 2009, 18:07 ET from Office of the Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON, May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today in response to a message today to CIA Employees from Director Leon Panetta:

"We all share great respect for the dedicated men and women of the intelligence community who are deeply committed to the safety and security of the American people. My criticism of the manner in which the Bush Administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe. What is important now is to be united in our commitment to ensuring the security of our country; that, and how Congress exercises its oversight responsibilities, will continue to be my focus as we move forward."

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House