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Napolitano Defends Clapper's Ignorance of UK Terror Arrests

"Those of us in Homeland Security who needed to know, we knew."

Fox News:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says people should "be fair" to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper after he revealed in an interview last week that he was unaware of a string of terror arrests that happened in Britain hours prior.

Clapper had been working on Capitol Hill on issues involving START and North Korea and went into the interview before his briefer had a chance to relay the information, Napolitano told CNN Sunday.

Asked if the revelation that Clapper wasn't in the loop was disconcerting, Napolitano said all Homeland Security officials that needed to know were informed.


When CNN host Candy Crowley said the lack of awareness might leave Americans "a little disconcerted," Napolitano insisted there was no problem beyond the PR screwup.

"I knew. John Brennan knew. We also knew there was no connect that had been perceived to anything going on in the homeland and that we were in perfect connectivity with our colleagues in Britain," she said. "So one of the things I think that should be very clear to the American people is that those of us in Homeland Security who needed to know, we knew."

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