In an e-mail to reporters this week, acting DFL spokester Nick Kimball wrote that Rep. Michele Bachmann “claimed to receive super-secret information about an Iranian plan to partition Iraq and turn it into their own little terrorist playground.”
That is not a fact. Kimball acknowledges that Bachmann made no such claim.
In fact, Bachmann did claim in a February interview to know about such a plan, has been unable to substantiate the claim, and has released several versions of how she came to say it and what she meant. but she never said it was based on classified information and has specified that it wasn’t.
Kimball is not retracting the statement. Rather, he is claiming that it was a hyperbolic statement made for humorous effect. He also argues that it is not technically inaccurate because the words “super-secret” do not appear in quotes as a statement literally made by Bachmann.
I take Kimball’s word for it that he did not mean his statement literally. But jokes can sometimes be missed, and this post is offered in the interest of keeping the facts on this matter straight.