12 December 2012

Tunisia: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Tunisia


Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: Okay. Thank you. All right. Can I go back on just one - this is - these are very brief, two things. One - or three things, actually - one, in Tunisia --

MS. NULAND: I thought you were onto Tunisia there.

QUESTION: I was trying to - yeah, Tunisia. Have you seen this letter or is this - Frank Wolf, Congressman Wolf, sent a letter to the Secretary, I believe yesterday, saying that - expressing his opinion that all aid to Tunisia should be either suspended or cut off because they will - they did not grant or have not granted access to the FBI to the suspect in the Benghazi bombing. Are you aware of this letter? And whether you are or not, are you aware that cutting off aid or suspending aid to Tunisia is under consideration?

MS. NULAND: We're aware of the letter. We plan to answer the letter. We are working hard and well with the Tunisians on issues having to do with events in Libya, and we will continue to do so. And I think we'll make that clear in our response to the congressman.

QUESTION: Okay. Second, did you get answer to whether the Administration has a position on the ACLU going to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights about Jose Padilla?

MS. NULAND: Did we not come back to Matt on that one?

STAFF: It'll be ready this afternoon.

MS. NULAND: All right. I am told it will be ready for you this afternoon, Matt.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you have any kind of a preview? Are you welcoming it or are you telling the commission to mind its own business?

MS. NULAND: Why don't we wait until we have that fully cooked, and we'll get it for you as fully cooked.

QUESTION: All right. And then the very last one is - and I'm asking this on behalf of James Rosen from Fox News, who had to leave earlier, and that is --

MS. NULAND: Are they giving you a double salary there, Matt? Are you just - (laughter) --

QUESTION: No. But I --

QUESTION: Do you see yourself (inaudible)?

QUESTION: Not really. Do you have any comment on the death --

MS. NULAND: Do you think he has a TV future? What do you think? (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Do you have any comment on the death today of Ravi Shankar?

MS. NULAND: I'm going to take that one. I am - I don't have anything prepared on that.

QUESTION: Nothing prepared?

MS. NULAND: Nope. I'm going to take that one, Matt. Okay.

QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

MS. NULAND: Anything else? Nope.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MS. NULAND: Thanks, everybody.

(The briefing was concluded at 2:10 p.m.)

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